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Cannabis, Wellness and the Professional Athlete

October 4, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm


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Join Athletes For Care for a special day-long educational workshop at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo (CWCBE) in Boston, MA on October 4th.

The Cannabis, Wellness and the Professional Athlete workshop will expand upon the notion of cannabis as a therapy or medicine to explore cannabis as a general health & wellness supplement for the active lifestyle.

This all-day workshop will feature two educational panels consisting of professional athletes, industry experts, and medical professionals. The day’s activities will also include a Q&A with the audience following each panel discussion, as well as revealing “One-on-One” conversations with former pro athletes discussing the role of cannabis in their sport, their career, and their life.

Workshop Schedule

9:00a – Doors Open
9:30a – Workshop Introduction
10:00aThe Genesis of Athletes For Care (mini-panel)
Moderator: Riley Cote  Panelists: Nate Jackson, Eben Britton, Cliff Robinson, Frank Shamrock, Darren McCarty
10:30aPerformance Training Concepts Incorporating Cannabis (60min Extended Panel)
Moderator: Nate Jackson  Panelists: Dr. HJ Raza, Frank Sharmock, Cliff Robinson, Riley Cote, Darren McCarty, Eben Britton
11:30a – Audience Q&A
12noon – Break
1:00pLeveraging the Power of Influencer Marketing
2:00p – Audience Q&A
2:30pOne on One with…
Co-Hosts: Nate Jackson and Eben Britton; Guest: Darren McCarty
3:00p – Final Thoughts with Athletes For Care Ambassadors

Meet the A4C Panelists:

Cliff Robinson holds career NBA numbers of 14.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.05 steals and 1.03 blocks. His 1,380 games played are the 8th most all time in the NBA. Robinson is a strong proponent of cannabis policy reform and recently announced the launch his own line of cannabis products in the state of Oregon under the brand name “Uncle Spliffy”.
Frank Shamrock, the first ever UFC Middleweight champion, is an outspoken cannabis advocate and host of an educational cannabis talk-show. Voted the “Fighter of the Decade” for the 1990s by the Wrestling Observer, Shamrock has been quoted as saying, “I don’t think I could have completed my career without cannabis.
Darren McCarty is a 4-time NHL Stanley Cup Champion with the Detroit Red Wings. While he is best known for being a gritty enforcer during his career, McCarty was also known for giving back to the community when he was awarded the NHL Foundation Player Award in 2003. In retirement, McCarty has become an outspoken advocate for cannabis reform and credits it for helping him overcome an addiction to alcohol and prescription pills.
Riley Cote is a former NHL player for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was a fan favorite and considered to be among the top enforcers in the league during his career. After retiring from the Flyers, Cote founded the Hemp Heals Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cannabis as a viable renewable resource for all people. Cote also sits on the board of the PAHIC (Pennsylvania Hemp Industries Council).
Eben Britton was selected 39th overall in the 2009 NFL draft; he spent four years with the Jacksonville Jaguars followed by two years with the Chicago Bears. Britton says he used cannabis as a preferred method of pain management during his football career, and has cited the health risks associated with pharmaceutical painkillers as a reason why players should not be punished for choosing a natural alternative.
Nate Jackson spent most of his NFL career as a tight end with the Denver Broncos. Upon retirement, Jackson focused on becoming a writer and provided football-related articles for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed and a variety of online publications. In 2013 his first full length book, Slow Getting Up was published and went on to become a New York times Best Seller. Jackson is an outspoken cannabis advocate and has publicly called on the NFL to remove marijuana from its list of banned substances.


October 4, 2017
9:30 am - 3:30 pm




John B. Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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