HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men’s and women’s basketball teams welcomed the Hoops For Heart Health organization to TD Bank Sports Center on Tuesday morning, a foundation founded by National Basketball Association (NBA) star, Ryan Gomes. Hoops For Heart Health is a not-for-profit association that was established to address the problem of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in high school, collegiate and professional sports. Quinnipiac’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are the first in NCAA Division I basketball to partake in the training session.
Gomes, now a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, founded the organization in 2005, after the unexpected death of his friend, Stanley Myers. “I started Hoops For Heart Health to bring together the basketball community in order to raise awareness to the growing problem of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in student athletes,” says Gomes. “If we can save just one life, it makes all of our efforts worthwhile.”
The morning consisted of various activities to educate student-athletes about Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The two teams received guidance from representatives, Ryan Gomes, Rachel Moyer and Wayne Simone, who instructed them on proper ways to use Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the Heimlich maneuver. In addition, team members learned how to use a Portable Defibrillator to treat victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
"It was a pleasure to work with Ryan Gomes' Hoops for Heart Health Organization today," said Quinnipiac Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Tom Moore. "Ryan, Rachel Moyer, and Wayne Simone provided our student-athletes with a terrific presentation on potential life-saving procedures in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. On behalf of the Quinnipiac Basketball Family, it was a pleasure and honor to work with such dedicated people involving such a worthy cause."
More than 325,000 Americans die each year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest, thousands of them children. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death among young athletes and occurs at least once a week in the United States. Victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest can often be treated successfully with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
“With the Hoops For Heart Health program we are much more prepared for that lifesaving moment,” says Quinnipiac Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Tricia Fabbri. “Our team and coaching staff thoroughly enjoyed the ‘hands on training’ provided by Ryan Gomes, Rachel Moyer and Wayne Simone. You just never know when you may find yourself in an emergency situation.”
The two programs open their 2011-12 campaigns on Friday, November 11. The men’s team takes on Fairfield University at the Connecticut 6 Classic at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Tip-off in Uncasville, Conn. is set for 5:30 p.m. The women’s team opens the season with a home game against James Madison at TD Bank Sports Center. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.
Contact: Anthony Distasio; Ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu