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By Paul Ohanian | @uslacrosse
US Lacrosse is providing AED grants to 33 lacrosse organizations across 21 states to subsidize the cost of acquiring automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The grants, which total over $16,000, 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 all participants, and having an AED unit on the sidelines or at a venue is certainly among the highest priorities,” said Meghan Mulford, programs manager at US Lacrosse. “We’re pleased to be able to help this year’s grant recipients overcome the financial barrier to acquiring AEDs, and encourage all member organizations to take advantage of US Lacrosse’s discounted opportunity to purchase these potentially life-saving machines.”
Statistics indicate that 360,000 people of all ages experience out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest in North America every year, with early intervention serving among the most effective life-saving measures. The application of CPR and defibrillation prior to the arrival of EMS on the scene helps saves four out of 10 victims.
The US Lacrosse AED Grant Program provides recipients with a highly discounted rate for a Powerheart AED G3 Plus Automatic Unit, which carries a 7-year warranty. Since 2010, US Lacrosse has provided over $62,000 in AED grants to lacrosse teams, leagues and organizations nationwide. In addition, the US Lacrosse and Cardiac Science partnership makes automated external defibrillators available to all US Lacrosse members at discounted rates. For more information, please visit www.uslacrosse.org/aed.
The organizations that received 2014 AED Grants from US Lacrosse are:
401 Next Level Lacrosse - Hope, R.I.801 Lacrosse Club - Edmond, Okla.Allen Sports Association - Allen, TexasBillerica Youth Lacrosse - Billerica, Mass. BRIDGE Lacrosse - Dallas, TexasCastle Lacrosse Association - Newburgh, Ind.Celebration Lacrosse Club - Celebration, Fla.Centennial High School Boys’ Lacrosse Club - Boise, IdahoDeer Park Girls Youth Lacrosse - Deer Park, N.Y.Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center - Parkton, Md. Gig Harbor High School Lacrosse - Fox Island, Wash.Glen Ellyn Bulldogs - Glen Ellyn, Ill.Glendale Vipers Lacrosse Club - Glendale, Ariz.Groton Mystic Lacrosse - Mystic, Conn.Guerin Catholic High School - Noblesville, Ind. Hilliard Youth Lacrosse Association - Columbus, OhioLaPorte Nemesis Lacrosse - Rolling Prarie, Ind.LFP-Shoreline Lacrosse - Lake Forest Park, Wash. Marquette Boys Lacrosse - Glencoe, Mo.Middlebury Lacrosse Club - Middlebury, Ind. Mountain View High School Boys Lacrosse - Meridian, IdahoMSUM Women's Lacrosse Club - Moorhead, Minn.Oak Hall School - Gainesville, Fla.Pipeline Lacrosse, Inc. - Newberry, Fla. Schnecksville Playground Association - Schnecksville, Pa.Shepherd Hill Athletics - Dudley, Mass.Sioux Falls Lacrosse - Sioux Falls, S.D.Somers Youth Sports Organization Boys’ Lacrosse - Baldwin Place, N.Y.South Oldham Lacrosse - Crestwood, Ky. Southern Nevada Lacrosse Association - Henderson, Nev.Timberline Lacrosse Club - Boise, IdahoViking Lacrosse - Bossier City, La.Washington Park District Lacrosse - Washington, Ill.
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