ThinkFirst Awards Todd Hammons VIP Award

Voices for Injury Prevention

Chicago, IL, May 1, 2016 -- The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation held their annual awards ceremony at the Chicago Westin River North on May 1st, where they presented the 2016 ThinkFirst VIP of the Year Award to Todd Hammons, of the ThinkFirst St. Joe’s Chapter in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This special award honors an exceptional VIP speaker who is working to promote the mission and programs of ThinkFirst by reaching beyond the classroom to assume additional roles of leadership. VIP stands for Voices for Injury Prevention, a group of more than 250 ThinkFirst speakers who have experienced a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury and participate in ThinkFirst injury prevention presentations for youth and teens.

Following a diving injury in 1996 at the age of 19, Todd wanted to give back to the people in his community who helped him get back to living an active, productive life after his injury. For the past 20 years, Todd has been a dedicated ThinkFirst VIP speaker in the state of Michigan. He shares his experience with injury in an emotional, no-holds-barred manner that is described as deeply moving by everyone who hears his testimony.

Todd also works outside of the classroom to promote the mission and programs of ThinkFirst in significant ways, including speaking at state conferences, recruiting new VIPs throughout the state, and hosting the annual Mobility and Recreation Expo Resource Fair for person’s with Spinal Cord Injury, which he organizes, promotes and staffs himself. 

Todd was instrumental in the production of the award-winning video, Shattered Dreams—Diving Injury Prevention. This video, produced through the University of Michigan, was shown as a PSA in movie theatres throughout southeast Michigan during a diving injury prevention campaign. Shattered Dreams was featured at the 2009 ThinkFirst Conference on Injury Prevention and continues to be a compelling tool for diving related injury prevention education.

The ThinkFirst Foundation described Todd as a shining example of a VIP speaker who embodies the mission, vision and values of ThinkFirst. 

About ThinkFirst
The mission of ThinkFirst is to prevent brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries through education, research and advocacy. Founded by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation, based in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, is a resource for program materials, training and support for ThinkFirst chapters. Chapters throughout the United States and internationally provide more than 6,500 presentations each year to schools and community groups. Programs promote safe behaviors to prevent brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries for all age groups, including basic safety and concussion awareness for students and fall prevention for older adults. An independent 501c3 charitable organization, ThinkFirst relies on the support of physicians, corporations, foundations and individuals. For more information on ThinkFirst visit