High school athletes to benefit from HIC’s gift from the heart

Saturday, December 17, 2016

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THE Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) has announced they will be carrying over last year’s donation of $5 million worth of cardiac screening services to high school athletes who participated in the Wesley Powell/HIC Track and Field Meet held at Excelsior High School last Saturday.

Gizelle Riley, HIC marketing administrative associate, made the announcement at last week’s 14th staging of the meet.

She said as title sponsor for the third-consecutive year, her organisation is proud to be associated with the track meet and a related workshop dubbed Healthy Hearts and How To Know Your Heart is Healthy held the day before the track meet.

"The objective was to educate student athletes, as well as coaches and parents on cardiovascular issues in an effort to urge them to take the necessary precautions in preparing for the upcoming event and other future athletic activities," Riley said.

She said given Jamaica’s rich culture in track and field athletics, coupled with the recent unfortunate incidents featured in the media regarding young athletes, HIC hopes that carrying over this donation will aid in contributing to the identification of possible cardiac issues.

"This is an initiative that we have been actively involved in for several years now," added Professor Ernest Madu, chief executive officer (CEO) and founder of HIC.

"Too many of our young athletes have fallen prey to sudden death when participating in sporting activities. We feel it is our duty to carry over the donation into next year as not many persons have taken up the offer," Madu said.

Madu said the HIC will continue to do its part to educate, as well as facilitate screenings which can aid in identifying and preventing negative cardiovascular issues

The offering will benefit athletes from over 30 schools who participated in the event. Some of them are Excelsior High, Ardenne High, The Queen’s School Camperdown High, St Jago High, Jamaica College, Kingston College, and Wolmer’s Boys’ and Girls’.

– Gerald Reid

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