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Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich and Head Athletic Trainer Laura Stenlund with the new AED in Stroble Gibson Athletic Complex
Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich and Head Athletic Trainer Laura Stenlund with the new AED in Stroble Gibson Athletic Complex
Bethany - Wed, Sep. 24, 2014

LINDSBORG, Kan. – Bethany College and the Department of Athletics are pleased to announce they have been awarded an automated external defibrillator (AED) through the Hopey's Heart Foundation AED Grant Program.

Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich and Head Athletic Trainer Laura Stenlund partnered in the grant proposal, and received the AED in early September.

"We are extremely thankful to receive the AED from the Hopey's Heart Foundation," said Pavlovich. "The safety of our student-athletes and spectators is paramount, and this life-saving device allows us another tool to use should a medical emergency happen in the athletic complex."

The new AED has been installed in the Stroble Gibson Athletic Complex, in the hallway leading to Stroble Gym. Bethany College now currently has five AEDs on campus: two in the Athletic Complex, and three distributed across campus.

"We would like to thank Hopey's Heart Foundation for their donation of our new AED to the Stroble Gibson Athletic Facility," Stenlund said. "With this new addition, we are taking health care to the next level with the prevention and care of cardiac emergencies. This will be an excellent new addition for not only Bethany College's student-athletes, but the general public who attend events on campus.

Hopey's Heart Foundation was formed by Tina Charles, a WNBA player for the New York Liberty, in honor of her late aunt Maureen "Hopey" Vaz, who passed away from multiple organ failure in March 2013.

The Wes Leonard Heart Team dedicates itself to purchasing and distributing AEDs to schools in and around the state of Michigan. Wes Leonard was a basketball player at Fennville High who passed away of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) at the end of his basketball game in March 2011.

Her aunt's passing along with the death of Wes Leonard encouraged Charles, who had previously made a $14,775 donation for ten AEDs to the New York Department of Education and the Wes Leonard Heart Team, to found the Hopey's Heart Foundation in April 2013.

The Hopey's Heart Foundation was started to help prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest from claiming the lives of student-athletes, and is committed to providing AEDs across the country to help prevent heart and other injuries in student and amateur athletes through health education and medical equipment in schools, community, and recreational centers.

The Foundation hosts an AED Grant Program, which supplies eligible schools or recreation centers with life-saving AED equipment. The Program awards AEDs quarterly. The Hopey's Heart Foundation commits itself to improving sports safety and raising awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest throughout the United States.

To read more about the Hopey's Heart Foundation, visit the Hopey's Heart Foundation website.