Grant Will Expand Heart Screenings To Batesville HS Athletes

Posted On June 09, 2014

Press release from Giving Hearts a Hand

(Greenwood, Ind.) – Giving Hearts a Hand is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation. The non-profit organization will use the money to fund more cardiac screenings in Ripley County in the 2014-2015 school year.

GHH President, Doug Meyer graciously stated, “We have been fortunate to work with the area high schools in communities that are near to our hearts. The generous grant from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation will allow us to continue our mission of promoting heart awareness through cardiac screenings!”

Giving Hearts a Hand currently partners with Margaret Mary Health in Batesville, IN and The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH and offers cardiac screenings to student athletes at South Ripley, Jac-Cen-Del, and Milan High Schools. With the generous grant money awarded, in addition to fundraisers and private donations, GHH will be able to offer cardiac screenings to athletes at Batesville High School in November 2014. Due to the success of the cardiac screening program(s) at previous schools, and the steady commitment from the medical facilities, GHH has plans to continue providing screenings to Ripley County and surrounding area high school athletes well into the future.

The RSRF conducts a general grants program to primarily benefit the residents of Ohio and Ripley counties and the City of Aurora in Dearborn County. They award grants through a competitive application and review process and GHH is honored to have received a grant to continue their mission of raising awareness of life-threatening heart conditions in young athletes. GHH strongly encourages student athletes to have the free cardiac screening performed to rule out any underlying heart conditions. These screening consist of an electrocardiogram and an echocardiogram, both of which are non-invasive and could save a life!

As a way to promote the cardiac screenings that GHH offers to all high school athletes, GHH will host “…And the Beat Goes On” 5K Run/Walk event on October 25th, 2014. The event will be held at Walhill Farm in Batesville, IN, with the 3.1 miles course constructed throughout the farm’s property! Go to givingheartsahand.org or contact Doug Meyer at givingheartsahand@gmail.com for registration or sponsorship information.