BALTIMORE, Jan. 30, 2012 – US Lacrosse is providing AED grants to nine lacrosse organizations nationwide to subsidize the cost of acquiring automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and to offset the cost of AED/CPR training. The grants are the latest manifestation of the national governing body’s commitment to the safety of the game and are made available through US Lacrosse’s partnership with Cardiac Science, a global leader in the manufacturing of AEDs and other cardiology products and services.
"The goal of US Lacrosse is to provide the safest possible environment for youth players, and there may be no more important piece of equipment to have on the sidelines than an AED unit," said Joshua Christian, managing director of sport development at US Lacrosse. "And while these grants may help overcome the financial barrier to having AEDs on the sidelines, offering the additional educational training through these grants is just as important."
Statistics indicate that 365,000 people die in North America every year from sudden cardiac arrest and 7,000 of them are young. Tragically, the first warning is sudden and many times, fatal. Defibrillation within three minutes lifts the chance of survival to 70 percent. Therefore the presence of an onsite AED can make all the difference.
The US Lacrosse AED Grant Program provides comprehensive management of AED/CPR training to awarded leagues, teams and chapters. Through the grant, US Lacrosse will subsidize a significant portion of the cost of a one-year partnership with Cardiac Science. In addition, the US Lacrosse and Cardiac Science partnership makes automated external defibrillators available to all US Lacrosse members at a highly discounted rate.
The organizations that received 2011 AED Grants from US Lacrosse are:
Wilmington Lacrosse Association (Delaware)
Fellowship Christian School (Georgia)
Chattachoochee Jr. Cougars Girls Lacrosse (Georgia)
Carmel Dad's Club (Indiana)
Cape Ann Youth Lacrosse (Massachusetts)
Parkway West Boys Lacrosse Club (Missouri)
HT Urban Lacrosse League (North Carolina)
PPPLAX (North Carolina)
Kenosha Raptors Lacrosse Club (Wisconsin)
For more information and to apply for a grant, please visit www.uslacrosse.org/aed.
About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse has over 400,000 members in 63 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org.