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Ceremony Honors Late Frostburg State Football Player

GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) — A Frostburg State University football player who suffered a fatal concussion last year is getting some permanent recognition at his Germantown high school.

The Derek Sheely Foundation is dedicating a white oak tree and a plaque to Sheely Friday evening just outside the Northwest High School stadium where he once played.

Sheely helped lead his 2006 high school team to a 12-1 record. He was the starting fullback for Frostburg State when he died after a helmet-to-helmet hit during practice in August 2011.

Sheely’s parents established the foundation to raise awareness of sports-related concussions and help prevent such injuries.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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