Safe Kids Worldwide and WNBA All-star Tina Charles Team Up to Promote Sports Safety
Washington, D.C. – Safe Kids Worldwide partnered with WNBA All-Star Tina Charles and her Hopey’s Heart Foundation to host the Safe Kids Sports Clinic. The clinic was held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida. More than 300 local youth athletes, coaches and parents were in attendance to learn about concussions, overuse injuries, the importance of pre-participation exams and being prepared with CPR, first aid and AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators).
The Hopey’s Heart Foundation was created by Ms. Charles in honor of her late aunt Maureen “Hopey” Vaz, who died of multiple organ failure on March 9, 2013.
“Every year, 1.35 million children are seen in emergency departments for sports-related injuries,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “We’re proud to partner with the Hopey’s Heart Foundation and Tina Charles to raise awareness about sports injury prevention and the importance of having AEDs at every school and rec center across the country. We know with a few simple steps we can keep our young athletes healthy, active and playing the games they love.”
“It’s great to partner with Safe Kids to give so many young athletes the opportunity to learn about preventable injuries and AEDs,” said Ms. Charles. "To honor the memory of my late Aunt Hopey is of deep significance to me and my foundation, and we are committed to saving young lives and bringing awareness to improving the health of students and amateur athletes."
The Safe Kids sports clinic is sponsored by BAND-AID®, Depuy Synthes, Heartsamert.com, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Department of Orthopedic Surgery’s U18 Sports Medicine Program, Safe Kids Broward and Charles W, Flanagan High School.
About Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global nonprofit dedicated to protecting kids from preventable injuries, the number one cause of death to children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and almost every one of these tragedies is preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 600 coalitions in the United States and in 27 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 55 percent. Join our effort at safekids.org.
About Tina Charles and Hopey's Heart Foundation
Tina Charles, of the Connecticut Sun, is the 2012 WNBA MVP and 2010 WNBA Rookie of the Year. Charles was also a member of the 2012 Olympic Gold medalist winning USA women's team that went undefeated at the Summer Olympics in London. She also helped Team USA go undefeated on the way to Gold at the World Championships in 2010.
Ms. Charles founded The Hopey’s Heart Foundation in 2013 in memory of her late aunt Maureen “Hopey” Vaz, who died of multiple organ failure on March 9, 2013. The Hopey’s Heart Foundation is committed to improving sports safety and raising awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest throughout the country by providing Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to schools, youth groups, athletic teams, recreation centers and community events. Since the foundation's inception, Charles has donated several AED's as a result of her double-doubles during the WNBA season. Aside from her work through Hopey’s Heart, Charles has also underwritten the construction of a school in Ganali, Mali (Western Africa), that can accommodate up to 150 elementary school children and will be used in the evenings for adult literacy classes. Additionally, she is also committed to funding three four-year secondary-school scholarships for girls in Africa through Connect To Learn, a global initiative dedicated to helping educate children in impoverished areas.
About Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital (JDCH) in Hollywood, Fla., is a facility of Memorial Healthcare System, the second-largest public healthcare system in the nation. It is a patient- and family-centered care facility that meets the complex needs of children by providing a wide scope of inpatient and outpatient pediatric services supervised by the largest diversity of board-certified specialists in the region. As an advocate for children's healthcare and related causes, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital offers community education, child safety programs and the Conine Clubhouse, a home away from home for families of hospitalized children. For more information, visit jdch.com.
JDCH’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery U18 Sports Medicine program was developed to meet the needs of the pediatric and adolescent population for prevention and treatment of sports injuries. U18 specializes in treating young athletes, starting with fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeons. Services are provided to the community by our athletic trainers in area high schools as well as through presentations to coaches, parents and other interested community members.