I'm coming to you live from the Lusk Legacy Foundation gala and poker tournament here at Pechanga Casino in Temecula, California. Right now, everyone in attendance is enjoying a three-course meal and cocktails and the greatest part of it all is that the night's still young. The purpose of the LLF gala and poker tournament is to raise funds to help the Lusk Legacy Foundation build a solid base, which will enable it to start knocking out some of the early objectives.
To find out more about what some of the main goals of the LLF are, I talked to Metal Mulisha CEO Toby Bost. Toby informed me that besides the general goal of making freestyle motocross a safer sport, there are three main goals that the LLF plans to achieve. There are also numerous little, but critical services that they plan to offer in the future, but I'll get to that shortly.
The first main objective of the LLF is to provide members with medical evacuation services, including air ambulances, if critically injured. In an event similar to Lusk's accident, this type of service would be crucial as it would ensure that the rider is given proper care, no matter the location. If a rider is injured in a third-world country, the air ambulance would more than likely bring them home to the states for the best treatment from the best doctors.
The second key objective is to invest time and funding into the R&D (research and development) of protective equipment for the sport of FMX, mainly helping to prevent neck and back injuries. Obviously, with the recent development of new generation neck braces like the Leatt brace and the Alpinestars Bionic brace, the risk of neck injury's are much less than what they used to be, but there is still plenty of work to be done and that's why the LLF plans on contributing to that sector of the sport.
The third key objective of the LLF is to organize a plan to bring the proper medical services to freestyle motocross events. Not only does that mean it will be mandatory to have EMT's on site at every event, but it will also create an offering of medical consultation by key surgeons and a panel of doctors. It doesn't matter if a rider is injured internationally or domestically, the panel of doctors and surgeons will be on call to make sure that the proper measures are being taken to ensure the riders health and safety.
So, those three key objectives will be rolled out first and once the objectives are nailed down, the LLF will continue to grow and extend its reach to help promote and evolve freestyle motocross. Now, enough with the technical mumbo jumbo, let's get to the party!
Everyone is here to celebrate the life of Jeremy Lusk and when I say everyone, I mean everyone. There are too many people to list, but icon's from FMX, MX and even Hollywood are roaming around and representing the LLF. I haven't seen it for myself, but rumor has it that Vince Vaughn is in attendance. Okay, that's enough talking from me, just check out the photos and be sure to stay tuned to ESPN FMX for more from the LLF gala, including some super radical exclusive video. I gotta get back down there before Bilko closes his bar tab!