PEYTON WALKER FOUNDATION

PIAA DISTRICT III AND THE PEYTON WALKER FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

 

DISTRICT III / PEYTON WALKER FOUNDATION PRESS CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

District III chairman Ron Kennedy, Peyton Walker Foundation founder Julie Walker and District III female parents representative Cathy Wreski all delivered brief remarks detailing different aspects of the partnership to assembled media on Sept. 26 at River Rock Academy’s Lancaster Campus

The district delivered a check for $5,000 to the Peyton Walker Foundation to lend financial support to the Foundation’s ongoing work of providing free heart screeening to all high school students, not just athletes, in the District III football.  The next of these free screenings will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Cumberland Valley High School.  Details here.

District III and Peyton Walker Foundation also distributed six portable AED units to District III schools via a raffle (schools registered ahead of time).

The schools that will receive the AED units are:

Biglerville

Covenant Christian

Fleetwood

Greencastle-Antrim

Linden Hall

McCaskey

We congratulate the six schools on their receipt of the AED units.  District III and the Peyton Walker Foundation will continue to look for ways to provide more District III schools with AEDs.  District III has also required its member schools to read a message informing attendees of the location of the closest AED unit.  The district and The Peyton Walker Foundation are encouraging students, coaches and fans alike to become trained in CPR and AED use to increase the chances of survival for someone who has a Sudden Cardiac Arrest event.

PRESS RELEASE

Scroll down to see photos of District III’s presence at the Foundation’s fundraiser in Hershey on Aug, 18, 2017

AUG. 11, 2017 – PIAA District III and The Peyton Walker Foundation are pleased and proud to announce a partnership dedicated to advancing their mutual mission: saving lives and enhancing the well-being of students in the District III geographic area.

The Peyton Walker Foundation is committed to increasing awareness and survival rates for Sudden Cardiac Arrest incidents through education, screening and training. Please click on the link or read the attached summary of programs to find out more about the Foundation.

“Raising awareness and increasing survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest – which is the #1 killer of student athletes in our country – is the core mission of The Peyton Walker Foundation,” said Julie Walker, founder and director of The Peyton Walker Foundation and the mother of Peyton Walker.

 Peyton Walker, a Trinity High School graduate, passed away on Nov. 2, 2013, at the age of 19 as the result of a sudden cardiac arrest incident while at college.

“Through this partnership, the Foundation will be able to offer more free heart screening clinics to students in District III, donate and place more Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) throughout the district, and provide more AED & CPR training opportunities to coaches, staff, athletes, students and their families,” Ms. Walker said.

“We are absolutely thrilled to establish this partnership with The Peyton Walker Foundation,” said Ron Kennedy, District III chairman and athletic director at Donegal High School.  “After learning about the great work done by the Foundation, we decided to become actively involved in its mission and have offered our resources for the benefit of all students in District III.”

It is important to note that the health screenings provided by The Peyton Walker Foundation are open to high school-aged students in the District III geographic area, not just athletes.  The next screening at a District III school is Saturday, Oct. 28, at Cumberland Valley High School.  Details are here.

As a result of the partnership, District III has purchased two portable AED units for use at District III championship events where no AED unit is readily available.  In addition, District III and The Peyton Walker Foundation will purchase three AED units each – six in total – to be distributed to District III schools.  The procedure for this distribution will be announced at a later date.

In addition, all District III schools will be asked to read an announcement before every contest, regular season and post-season, indicating the location of their AED units.

Please clicks on the following links for information about the partnership.

DISTRICT III-PEYTON WALKER FOUNDATION MEDIA RELEASE

PEYTON WALKER FOUNDATION  – Summary of Programs

DISTRICT III SCHOOL AED ANNOUNCEMENT

PEYTON WALKER FOUNDATION WEBSITE

 

Julie Walker, founder of The Peyton Walker Foundation and mother of Peyton Walker, and District III chairman Ron Kennedy share a moment at the Foundation’s funderaiser, The Beat Goes On, in Hershey on Friday, Aug. 18. The Foundation is dedicated to checking hearts, protecting hearts and saving lives; District III is proud to partner with this incredible organization. Thank you, Julie!