About the Korey Stringer Institute

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KSI serves the needs of active individuals and athletes at all levels – youth, high school, college, professional, people who are physically active, recreational athletes – and those who supervise and care for these individuals. Components of these services include: consultations, advocacy, education, research, athlete testing, and mass-market outreach.

The Korey Stringer Institute is housed at the University of Connecticut. The Department of Kinesiology faculty are renowned for their research and expertise in the areas of heat and hydration, injury prevention, and strength and conditioning.

Korey's Story

Korey Stringer was a pro-bowl offensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings who died from an exertional heat stroke during training camp in August of 2001. Korey, originally drafted in the first round (24th pick) of the 1995 NFL Draft, played six seasons for the Minnesota Vikings wearing the jersey number 77, now retired by the team. Korey played 93 regular season games and started all but 2.

Originally from Warren, Ohio, Korey was born on May 8, 1974 and attended Warren G. Harding High School where he played for the Harding Raiders football team. Korey attended Ohio State University from 1992-1994 where he earned first-team All-American status in 1994 before being drafted by the Vikings in 1995.

Following Korey’s death, his widow Kelci Stringer, his agent Jimmy Gould, and expert witness in his case Dr. Douglas Casa worked directly with the NFL to create a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing sudden death in sport which later became the Korey Stringer Institute in 2010.

Through the Korey Stringer Institute, Korey’s legacy lives on and it’s development saves lives all across the country!

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Doug Casa speaking

My story is not overly complicated. My survival penance has been to save as many lives as possible from heat stroke and to prepare others who can do the same.
- Douglas Casa

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