YSSA May Newsletter: Member Spotlight

Save, Educate, Screen

Play With Heart was formed in Denver, CO in 2005 by concerned parents, EMS professionals, nurses, and others with a mission to prevent sudden cardiac death in youth sports communities on a local and national level through our screen, save and educate programs.  PWH offers programming, events, resources and education dedicated to preventing sudden cardiac death in student athletes and partners with other organizations around the country who share a similar mission. 
 
 
Programs
 
The Kickstart My Heart program is dedicated to placing Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) packages with youth sports teams, clubs, facilities and schools who otherwise can’t afford one for themselves. To date, this program has raised over $260,000, placed 200+ AED’s around the country, certified well over 2,000 coaches and parents and has been credited with a number of saves.
 
These packages include:
           – An AED device (Model based on need)
           – A two year pre-paid maintenance program
           – Training/Certifications for up to 10 coaches, administrators, employees or parents of the recipient organizations.
 
The overwhelming need for these life saving devices has grown over the past two years and current fundraising efforts are not quite enough to stay ahead of the game! The Community Partnership Program pairs local businesses with a youth sports team, club, facility or school in your area thatis need of an AED. For more information,  Contact Justin for more information about how your business can save lives in your community!
 
Launched in 2014, Project Play With Heart - youth sports health fairs with a focus on providing subsidized primary prevention cardiac screens and education to youth athletes 6-18 years of age.  Each sports health fair event consists of the primary prevention cardiac screen, as well as demonstrations, presentations and vendors that will provide relevant education, injury screening and information to the participants which include athletes, coaches and parents.  In partnership with nationalsponsors like Philips Healthcare as well as local media, medical volunteers, schools and sports entities, this program plans to screen athletes nationwide and promote the mission and message of Play With Heart.  If you would like to host a screen for your team, club or school, please contact Play With Heart.
 
 
Events
 
Homers For Hearts: On March 6, 2016 Play With Heart hosted "Homers for Hearts" at a baseball complex in Pueblo, CO.  Sixty kids ages 6-18 received 12 lead EKG cardiac screenings and then attended a home run derby.  During this event, four attendees were identified as needing to schedule a visit with a pediatric cardiologist. 
 
Home Grown Heroes: On July 13, 2016 in Broomfield, CO Play With Heart will host a two-day football clinic where local college athletes will work with kids 8-14 years of age on their football skills.  Cardiac screenings will be offered the second day of camp.  To register visit dreamsneveralter.com/camps.
 
 
 
For additional information about Play With Heart or programs and events mentioned above, go to www.playwithheart.org or contact Rich Perse
 
 
 
PO Box 526
Broomfield, CO 80038
(303) 506-8182
 
YSSA member since 2016
 

 
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