On Oct. 1, the district partnered with Heart Screen New York to administer cardiac screenings to 395 student-athletes at Ward Melville High School. The district hosted the event to raise awareness and educate the community about sudden cardiac arrest warning signs. As student-athletes are more at risk for cardiac arrest, this service targeted fall season student-athletes, however, all students ages 12 to 18 were able to sign up for this free service.
Ward Melville High School student Bailee Williams and her mom, Denise Williams, had the idea to bring Heart Screen New York to Three Village last spring. The organization, which is affiliated with the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation and the Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation, brought in 120 professionals including cardiologists, doctors, nurses and medical staff. Not only were students screened for underlying heart conditions, they were given CPR and AED training.
“Given the fact, that other school districts have unfortunately lost student-athletes to sudden cardiac arrest while playing sports in the past, I knew this was something important and very valuable to our student-athletes and school community,” Three Village Executive Director of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Athletics Kevin Finnerty said. “I am very proud and happy of how the event turned out and it was very well received among our students, parents, staff, and community.”
Date Added: 10/4/2022