Girls Varsity Soccer · Casey Buchanan Wins Thomas Brady Comeback Award

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Casey Buchanan with her parents Katie and Mark Lemmers and with CHS Girls Soccer Coach Todd Hesselbart.

Casey Buchanan Wins Thomas Brady Comeback Award

Indianapolis, Ind. – March 17, 2016 – Indiana sports heroes of yesterday and today will receive top honors at the 11th Annual Brady Sports Achievement Awards, scheduled for Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m. at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis.

Casey Buchanan of Elkhart, IN., is one of the four 2016 Thomas A. Brady, MD Comeback Award winners. Casey, daughter of Katie Lemmers of Elkhart, is a senior on the Concord High School soccer and track teams. She was a four- time All-Northern Lakes Conference soccer first team, second team all-district, four-time Concord Scholar Athlete Award winner, two-time academic all-state soccer team, two-time offensive MVP and team captain.

She was born with a bilateral Cleft lip and palate. She has had 22 surgeries on her mouth and face along with surgeries on her ears due to infections from her condition. She has dealt with hearing loss and speech problems. Casey will undergo her 23rd surgery this spring to try to curb more hearing loss.

This was the first year Casey had to sit out games due to her condition, missing the first six soccer games of the season. After being cleared, Casey struggled because she wasn’t at her desired fitness level due to being cautious about not reinjuring herself. She continued to be a confident, happy leader but wasn’t quite herself on the pitch.  As the season went along though, she gained strength and confidence and led her team to some comeback wins.  At the end of the season she had a hat trick against a ranked opponent and led her team to a 2nd sectional championship.

Casey has stayed positive in the face of adversity and used her experience to teach others, whether it is med students seeking knowledge or kids and families dealing with the same circumstance. She has also given speeches at IU Goshen Health. She has volunteered at Comcast Cares, an organization giving food and back packs to the less fortunate; at Church Community Services in the food pantry; and at the 4-H Fair Drive to End Hunger. She also volunteers at the Heartland Animal Rescue which is dear to her heart as her major is going to be zoology. Todd Hesselbart, her head coach said, “Casey is a fantastic kid who has been through so much in her young life but chooses to give to others and live every minute in a positive way.”

The Brady Sports Achievement Awards, established by the Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation in partnership with Indiana University Health, will honor four Indiana high school and college student-athletes that have overcome injury or hardship. The 2016 winners are Casey Buchanan (Concord High School), Josh Turnanchick (Oak Hill High School), Emily Fogle (Purdue University), and Nate Sudfeld (Indiana University).

In addition, the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) will select Hoosier scholar-athletes and recognize them for their academic accomplishments and hard work and dedication within their chosen sport.

To conclude the award presentation, two Indiana sports legends will be recognized for their long-time professional accomplishments within the field of athletics. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are recent inductee of the NFL Hall of Fame, Bill Polian and the 2006 Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl Team.

Proceeds from the event and the silent and live auctions will help to support the Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation.

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About the Thomas A. Brady, M.D. Lifetime Achievement Award


The Thomas A. Brady, M.D. Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals with Indiana ties that have made outstanding contributions in the field of athletics. Dr. Brady, recognized as the “father” of sports medicine in Central Indiana, established a walk-in clinic in the basement of Methodist Hospital which ultimately became Methodist Sports Medicine / The Orthopedic Specialists. Over 25 years later, this practice is recognized as a leader in the care and treatment of athletes and non-athletes with musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.

About Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation

The Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established to support and enhance the research, medical education, outreach and care undertaken by the Methodist Sports Medicine / The Orthopedic Specialists.