WHO IS TAYLOR?
Taylor Twellman, a former U.S. Men’s National Team player and Major League Soccer MVP with the New England Revolution, is ESPN’s lead analyst for Major League Soccer, U.S. Men’s National Team matches, and other international events.
Twellman played eight professional seasons for the Revolution and was one of Major League Soccer’s most prolific forwards before his career was prematurely cut short after suffering from multiple concussions. He scored 101 goals in 174 matches for the team, thus becoming the fastest player in MLS history to score 100 goals and the Revolution’s all-time leading goal scorer.
For over seven years, Taylor has suffered from the effects and symptoms of post-concussion syndrome (“PCS”.) Taylor realized, his career-ending injury was a life-changing event and was inspired to make a difference in the world of concussions.
He founded ThinkTaylor, a foundation that is driven and dedicated to changing the culture in the world of concussions. ThinkTaylor’s positive message emphasizing awareness, rehabilitation and education is putting the health of kids first and creating a positive social change and in return a safer, healthier and smarter environment.
WHAT IS THINKTAYLOR?
ThinkTaylor was created in 2011 after Taylor was forced to retire from all-star MLS career, when he was faced with post-concussion syndrome. He was scared and frightened about what he was hearing and reading. He made it his mission to make sure kids, parents, coaches and everyone else who has eyes on youth sports is properly educated. ThinkTaylor's main initiative is Concussion Awareness Week in MA, in partnership with Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). ThinkTaylor's color orange was chosen by Taylor, the color of healing. Every athlete (86k+ student athletes) takes part in the week where they raise awareness for concussion safety, receive education and learn to be supportive of anyone with a concussion.