School Board Approves Policy Changes to Mandate Heart Screenings for All Student Athletes

October 1, 2019

Brevard Public Schools signed a Memorandum of Understanding last spring with local nonprofit Who We Play For (WWPF), to facilitate student heart screenings. The organization has since screened some 4,000 students and confirmed six with potentially life-threatening conditions.

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Mandated Electrocardiogram for Student Athletes is Saving Lives in Brevard

September 1, 2019

Brevard Public Schools (BPS) recently mandated electrocardiogram (ECG) testing for all its student athletes.

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Mandatory Heart Screenings Making a Measurable Difference

August 23, 2019

Brevard students are now required to get heart screenings for winter sports, but nearly 3,000 have already begun getting them, at the district’s urging, in time for fall sports such as football and swimming.

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Brevard County schools make ECGs mandatory for student athletes 7th grade and up

August 22, 2019

The Brevard School District hopes a new requirement for student athletes will prevent deaths.

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ECG Screening: The Health Practice Every Athlete Needs

August 16, 2019

Why are so many athletes falling victim to sudden cardiac arrest, and what can be done to keep them from dying?

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Student-athletes required to take electrocardiogram test

June 13, 2019

In an effort to keep student-athletes heart health in check, Brevard Public Schools recently announced a new policy in the making that would require electrocardiogram testing prior to winter sports.

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BPS to require heart tests for all athletes

June 7, 2019

Brevard Public Schools is creating a policy mandating electrocardiogram (ECG) testing for all our student athletes. Electrocardiograms help identify athletes who may be at risk for sudden death from loss of heart function.

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Heart screenings to become mandatory for Brevard student-athletes

June 7, 2019

Etta Gibson is certain. If her son James had not been screened for potential heart problems before his ninth-grade year began, she might have faced a “senseless” tragedy.

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Parrish Healthcare Announces Sponsorship of ‘Who We Play For’ Which Provides Affordable Physicals

June 6, 2019

Parrish Healthcare is a proud sponsor of Who We Play For and believes in eliminating preventable sudden cardiac death in youth through affordable heart screenings.

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Brevard Public Schools to Provide Low-Cost ECG screenings for Student Athletes

June 2, 2019

Starting this weekend, Brevard Public Schools has partnered up with Who We Play For to provide low-cost ECG screenings for student athletes in a push for safety.

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Brevard County schools to consider heart screening for student athletes

April 9, 2019

School leaders in Brevard County are discussing plans that would require heart screenings for student athletes.

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Viera lacrosse player fighting for his life after cardiac arrest

April 2, 2019

A Viera High School student collapsed Monday after experiencing cardiac arrest, Brevard County School officials said.

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Stopping preventable sudden cardiac deaths

January 7, 2019

Sports activity can trigger sudden cardiac arrest in some young athletes with underlying heart problems. Families often don’t know their children have those problems despite physical exams.

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Florida County Considers EKG Tests for Student-Athletes

January 1, 2019

A school district in Florida is considering a plan that would require heart exams for all student-athletes.

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For teen heart-transplant recipient, EKG screenings have palpable purpose

July 20, 2018

The Who We Play For EKG screenings given recently to Citrus County student athletes in memory of Chip Stoskopf.

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EKG screenings can save student athletes' lives — and your student can get one at school this week

July 16, 2018

It’s been 26 years since Citrus High School freshman Chip Denney Stoskopf played in his first — and last — football game, on Thursday, Oct. 8, 1992.

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Screening to save lives Who We Play For coming to Pagosa

December 28, 2017

As student athletes know, winning, individual stats and championships are often barometers for success.

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Nonprofit provides free, reduced cost heart screenings for student athletes

October 12, 2017

Who We Play For honors high school friend who collapsed on soccer field.

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Death gives life to cause

October 5, 2017

Son’s tragedy inspires mom to advocate for athlete EKGs

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Student helps bring heart screenings to Holy Trinity campus

May 3, 2017

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Heart Screenings for Upper School Students

March 28, 2017

On Tuesday, April 4, in partnership with “Who We Play For,” Holy Trinity will be conducting voluntary heart screenings for all Upper School students.

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Who We Play For saving lives through athlete heart screenings

February 18, 2017

Tallahassee-based non-profit Who We Play For building athlete concern, providing screenings for detectable heart conditions.

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Salado Athletic Department Partners with WWPF to Screen Athletes via ECG

January 26, 2017

Salado ISD has partnered with Who We Play For which is a national organization that was developed to screen student athletes for potentially fatal Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

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Who We Play For Uses Telemedicine to Save Lives

November 20, 2016

This unique nonprofit not only provides awareness about the risk that student-athletes have to encountering deadly sudden cardiac arrest, but they also provide electrocardiograms (ECGs) for students in middle, high school, and college to detect those risks before they happen.

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Teen dedicates herself to fighting heart disease

October 3, 2016

After having a heart transplant two years ago, Cristina is determined to help other young people facing their own issues with heart disease.

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All heart: Florida teen's transplant fuels drive to save others

September 17, 2016

Nine years ago, Cristina Cinca and Zane Schultz had no clue that their lives were setting them on course toward a common cause.

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Emily Cooney: Vice President of Who We Play For FSU

September 28, 2015

Her Campus at Florida State Q+A with Who We Play For FSU Vice President, Emily Cooney

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‘Who We Play For’ Started Local, Now Going International

July 14, 2015

What started as a group of high school kids working to keep the memory of their close friend and teammate alive is now a movement for heart health that is growing larger.

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Brevard duo spreads awareness of sudden cardiac arrest

April 22, 2015

Life detoured for Evan Ernst and Zane Schultz three years ago in room 114 of the Phi Kappa Tau house at Florida State University in Tallahassee. A group of students who had taken up the cause of spreading awareness of sudden cardiac arrest around campus and at home decided it was time for something bigger.

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Should Your Student Athlete Get A Heart Screening Before Game Day?

November 13, 2014

After the death of a teammate during high school practice, one group of friends comes together to create awareness for sudden cardiac arrest, a killer of many young athletes.

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FSU Students Fight Against Cardiac Arrest in Young Athletes

April 25, 2014

A group of FSU students has turned the sudden loss of a friend into a mission. The students are fighting against the number one killer of young athletes--sudden cardiac arrest.

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'Play for Rafe' Keeps Memory of Teammate Alive

January 29, 2013

Five years after the sudden and tragic death of Rafe Maccarone of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), those close to him continue to keep his memory strong with “Play For Rafe.”

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New party adds Rafe Maccarone memories

December 21, 2012

The Rafe Maccarone story continues to expand, and the newest addition to the cause makes its debut tonight.

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Who We Play For’s Heart Screening Program Is Preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest On And Off The Field

The life of the dead always continues on in the living.

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Pagosa Springs Rotary Club - Who We Play For

Attention parents of 8th graders. Pagosa Springs Middle School cares about your child's heart health, so we are partnering with Who We Play For to screen students with an electrocardiogram (ECG). This procedure can detect issues in the heart that can be missed in standard physicals.

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Startup Benefit Walk: Who We Play For & Team Nina

Who We Play For is based in Space Coast, Florida. The team is active in four states and has provided screenings to hundreds of students across the country.

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Ralph Maccarone - Who We Play For

Ralph’s son, a gifted athlete, stricken by an undisclosed cardiac defect, collapsed on a Florida high school playing field in 2007 when only a sophomore, and died days later.

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Former Malone Athlete Looking to Help Save Lives

It’s been over a year since Marianna High School basketball star, Herman Williams collapsed and died while playing a game of pickup basketball at a local court. The heart condition that took Williams’ life, could affect many other young athletes.

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