‘Heart Awareness Night’ is today at BHS baseball, softball games
Today’s Baldwin High School baseball and softball games are being called “Heart Awareness Night in Memory of Wes Leonard” with the money raised going toward heart screenings for local athletes.
The event was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but the ball games were rained out.
Leonard, a former Baldwin City student, passed away suddenly because of an enlarged heart on March 3, after completing a perfect basketball season in Fennville, Mich. To help prevent this tragedy among other athletes, a screening of local athletes at the Athletic Heart Clinic will be May 21 at the Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center.
All net profits from concession sales this evening will go to reduce the cost of screenings. BHS will also promote a heart awareness week including ribbons distribution, sales of t-shirts and bracelets and other activities throughout the week. The softball and baseball players will be sporting orange apparel for heart awareness tonight in their games against Santa Fe Trail.
BHS students especially wanted to participate in the memorial. Junior,
Ellie Parr proposed that all of the funds from the concessions go toward the memorial. Concessions will be a bit different than usual.
In addition to the typical concessions found at games grilled hamburgers and hotdogs will be available.
“Our hope and purpose is that high school athletes will become more aware of potential heart conditions and that this week will call attention to the importance of screening for heart problems,” Parr said.
Parr said Leonard’s hometown of Fennville, Mich., was also having a heart-screening clinic for local athletes. The Baldwin Athletic Heart Clinic that will be in May is also in honor of former Baldwin City students Krystal Bateson and Alex Bergan.
“The Leonard family made it clear they want donations going to help prevent another tragedy like this, so no other families or communities would have to go through what they went through,” Parr said. “I feel that by helping our local athletes become more aware of heart conditions and be screened for possible heart problems, we could potentially prevent another athlete from going into sudden cardiac arrest and pay tribute to Wes Leonard’s life at the same time.”