For every kid who
never had the
opportunity

To eliminate preventable sudden cardiac death in the young through affordable heart screenings.

This Is Our Story

The story of Who We Play For began November 30, 2007 on the goal line of a Cocoa Beach High School soccer field, where Rafe Maccarone went into sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) following a warm-up routine before the beginning of practice. The next day, December 1, 2007 Rafe passed away, and we would later learn the condition that caused his cardiac arrest was called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Our community was rocked by the reality that a seemingly healthy, and active, 15 year old, who passed all his sports physicals, could die from heart disease while playing the sport he loved most.

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The Why

What would you miss most?

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EKG screenings save lives

The stethoscope was invented 200 years ago. Is this the best we do to protect young hearts?

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How to end a major public health problem

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The stats

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SCA is the leading cause of death in sports, on school campuses and arguably in ALL children

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The standard youth wellness checkup misses 96% of deadly heart conditions

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1 in 300 youth have a detectable and potentially life threatening heart condition

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SCA is the first symptom of any cardiac abnormality in half of the incidences

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1 out of 10 SCA victims will survive

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ECGs are the most effective tool to identify youth at risk for SCA, identfiying up to 95% of deadly heart conditions

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the what

Who We Play For brings affordable, efficient and non-invasive heart screenings to communities across the country.

YOU CAN HELP NOW

Join the Movement

Together we can eliminate preventable sudden cardiac death in the young

Volunteer with US

Volunteers are the backbone of WWPF and you may be the perfect team member for a screening in your area! Contact us today for more information.

Support Us

Support our mission of eliminating preventable sudden cardiac death in the young through affordable ECG screening!

Schedule a Screening

Need to register for WWPF's screening at your school? Interested in bringing a screening to your child's school? Schedule your screening here today!

Follow Us

Join the conversation with @Whoweplayfor and be a champion for SCA prevention in your community!

Bliss by J. Santiago

Bliss is a fictional story loosely based on the story of Who We Play For. The dream is to use this powerful narrative as a tipping point behind a national movement to deliver ECG heart screenings for our student athletes.

We challenge you to turn the page and join the fight to end preventable tragedies by bringing heart screening to your community. Together, we have the power to demand heart screenings as a common sense standard of care.
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Who Do You Play For?

We play for the thousands of families, teams and communities, every single year, who lose someone they love to the leading cause of death in the world- heart disease. Who do you play for?
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