Hope everyone in the PRISM family is having a safe and exciting summer!
The PRISM leadership and Board of Directors are excited for the PRISM membership to again meet in person in January 2022 in Houston. Many thanks to Scott McKay, Traci Snedden, Heather Schrader and the rest of the Scientific Program Committee. The 2022 annual meeting looks to be another amazing collection of research, Instructional Course Lectures, keynote speakers and plenty of opportunity for collaboration and comradery. Our recent membership survey shows that you, the membership, are very much looking forward to an in-person meeting. We will have some recorded and possible virtual opportunities to allow our ever-expanding membership to participate even if they can't attend in person or COVID again restricts our ability to meet in person.
The Research Committee led by Jason Rhodes along with our Research Interest Groups (RIGs) continue to do amazing research and collectively moving the needle on pediatric and adolescent sports medicine. I can't wait to see their updates and new research featured at our annual meeting in Houston.
The Education Committee continues to support our research and education missions. The recent and first ever PRISM Founders Journal Club featuring Mark Paterno, Min Kocher, and Christina Masters, hosted by PRISM 1st Vice President Cordelia Carter, was tremendously successful and a great unique way to share collective expertise of our pediatric sports medicine experts.
As the COVID pandemic continues to curtail our lives in 2020 and into 2021, public health measures including vaccination has allowed sports, sports medicine and us to slowly return to our "new normal". PRiSM as an organization dedicated to the health of young athletes continues to monitor the ever-changing COVID landscape to help provide the most up-to-date recommendations for our young athletes and members. Our temporary time away from sports, gave us time to reflect on the importance of sports and sports medicine in our lives and careers. As PRISM has grown as a society, it's potential to help more clinicians, athletes, and their families has grown. As you know, PRISM leads interdisciplinary research, education and advancement in pediatric and adolescent sports medicine.
I believe that we can and should continue those missions to support research and education on a larger scale. To do so though requires financial support. Therefore, as we are all collectively "getting back to the game", PRISM would like to announce a philanthropic endeavor to support our missions. This philanthropic goal is to build support from within and then ask our industry and other partners for additional support.
This philanthropic campaign is called "Giving Back to Our Game". YOUR gift will support our research and education missions from Day One. We are proud to announce the creation of PRISM "micro grants", several $1,000 grants designed to support our diverse and multidisciplinary research endeavors of PRiSM members. We are also establishing scholarships to support our education and diversity missions. These scholarships will support our new and young members including students, fellows, and especially those of under-represented in medicine minorities. Our endeavors and support will grow as our ability to support these missions grows.
We need YOU! Your support, even if small, shows solidarity in our ranks and our membership. We can send a proud and strong message to our industry partners to help support us by showing that PRISM membership is collectively behind "Giving Back to Our Game." Our goal is 80% participation among the membership.
No gift is too small. We have built a system to make this easy and straightforward. One extra "click" of a button during your membership renewal or your annual meeting registration can support this mission and move PRiSM forward to uncharted territories.
We are also tremendously proud to announce that your gift will be matched 1:1 by a wonderfully generous gift from the Godfather of PRISM, Founding President Hank Chambers and his wife, Jill!
Also, be on the lookout for the first ever PRISM logo gear that will include t-shirts, pullovers, and polo shirts to be available for online orders and in-person orders and pick up at our annual meeting in 2022.
As you can see there is a TREMENDOUS amount of momentum and new endeavors in our PRISM. The leadership thanks each and every one of you for your support and collaborations. We look forward to your support now and in the future, and I can honestly say that I've never been more excited to see each and every one of you in Houston in January 2022.
Stay safe, keep up the amazing clinical, research and educational work, and we hope that you can help us "give back to our game".
Matthew D. Milewski, MD