To provide all school athletic programs in Massachusetts with access to the best health & safety equipment available through education programs & partnerships
Scholastic Sports Zone Foundation donates Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to schools athletic programs in Massachusetts in need. We also provide CPR/AED Training and assist with setting up emergency action plans.
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is used to rescue a person suffering from cardiac arrest. It’s an important tool to have on hand during practices and games if a child is not responsive, not breathing and does not have a pulse. Every 3 days, another young athlete in the United States dies from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
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John Ellsessar is a father who tragically lost 2 sons to heart related emergencies called “commotio cordis” a medical term to describe sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) from a blow to the chest. In both instances there was no Automated External Defibrillator (AED). John has teamed up with Scholastic Sports Zone Foundation to provide all school athletic programs in Massachusetts with access to the best health & safety equipment available through education programs & partnerships. Please watch.
Your support and contributions make it possible for student athletes to get life saving tools.
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Michael T. Ellsessar (16) died Monday Nov. 15, 2010 at Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, after being stricken while playing high school football at Quaboag High School in Warren.
Timothy Ellsessar (18) joined his older brother Michael in Gods Kingdom of Heaven on Wednesday evening July 29, 2015. Tim tragically passed while boating and swimming on Lake Manchaug on the Douglas / Sutton, MA2 line.
Our son/brother passed away on the football field while playing for the Oxford High School Pirates vs. Quahog High in Warren, Massachusetts on November 15, 2010. Mike (#99) was struck in the chest “commotio cordis” during a tackle and went into sudden cardiac arrest. While CPR was started immediately, sadly there was no ambulance or AED at the field and it took 15 minutes for the squad to arrive. Michael was then taken to Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, Massachusetts where he was worked on for over 45 minutes before being pronounced dead. Michael was an incredible young man, a friend to all, a tremendous 3 sport athlete (football for Oxford High, Ice Hockey for Northbridge High & Midstate Youth Hockey (Auburn), and Track & Field for Sutton High). He also played in the Sutton High School band, was an honor student and involved in his church. He is greatly missed by all who knew him. Remember TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE in any heart related emergency. Call 911, start CPR, get and use an AED.
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