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Alvernia Teams with Reading Rebels and Simon’s Heart to Host CPR/AED Initiative

by Reading Rebels

Mar 16, 2023

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is not just an adult thing. It is the number one killer of student athletes in this country. One young competitive athlete dies every three days due to an unrecognized cardiac condition in the US alone.

In January, millions of people watched Damar Hamlin suffer cardiac arrest and survive because of immediate CPR/AED use. We have a captive audience and now is a good time to empower individuals with this skill, as prompt intervention improves out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rates. Saving lives is serious. Learning how can be fun.

Alvernia University is partnering with Simon’s Heart and the Reading Rebels to protect hearts and save lives. Join us March 23, 9am-3pm, for a town hall and CPR + AED education at Alvernia University Main Campus-Physical Education Center, 920 Laverna Drive, Reading, PA 19607. The CPR Jukebox will be open for individuals to stop by and learn CPR/AED use. Grab a ball. Pick a Song. Push to the Beat. Surprise! You’re learning CPR! The Reading Rebels players will be present to interact with participants and support the event.

Simons Heart is a non-profit organization with the mission “to create and advance innovative and evidence-based programs, policies, and research that prevent sudden cardiac arrest and death in children, teens, and young adults.” As part of our community outreach, we teach CPR and AED use to young individuals. This is done via the “CPR Jukebox” with athletic balls and music.

The Reading Rebels are a minor league professional basketball team and members of The Basketball League. They just kicked off their second season with a convincing win against the York Mighty Ants on 3/4/23. Home games are played at Alvernia University.

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