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WakeMed CPR Training Program Returns This Summer

By Staff, 06/11/18, 9:15AM EDT


It's officially summer! And since there are no games to cover nor any scores to report, WCPSS Athletics wants to take this time to recognize our community partner, WakeMed. As a strong supporter and advocate of your student-athletes, coaches, administrators and athletic programs, this partnership has allowed us to create meaningful relationships within our community and provide more opportunities and resources to our athletic programs than ever before! 

As one of the district's first community partners, they are committed to providing the best resources to our student-athletes, coaches and families. Last year, a new state mandate required all of our coaches and athletic directors to become CPR/AED Certified. So, with generous support from WakeMed and other foundations they were able to provide this training FREE of charge! The event was such a success for our community that they have agreed to offer the program again this year. Training dates have been scheduled for Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22. For more information and a word from your community partner, WakeMed, please read below: 

You’ve heard it before. A young, seemingly fit athlete collapses on the playing field. No one expects it, and worse yet, there is often no one prepared to respond to it. 

So, when WakeMed Children’s learned that a recent mandate by the State of North Carolina called for all high school and middle school coaches and ADs to be CPR and AED certified, we knew it was our opportunity to give back. With generous funding from the WakeMed Foundation, WakeMed Children’s and the WakeMed Nursing Education department partnered last summer to introduce SportFit CPR – a free training program for all high school coaches in Wake County.

“When our partners from Wake County Athletics approached us with this new mandate, we knew as our community’s children’s health system we had an obligation to step up to the plate,” said Stephen Leinenweber, MD, executive medical director, WakeMed Children’s. “We are thankful to all of the coaches in our community who give their time to mentor and lead our children, and we’re pleased to be able to provide them with the life-saving skills they need should they be faced with an emergency.”

In its first year, the program trained more than 150 Wake County coaches at no cost to the schools, district or coaches themselves. This year, WakeMed Children’s and the WakeMed Foundation will once again offer the free program where we anticipate offering training for up to 200 coaches and athletic directors.