The Marlins Foundation today announced Compression for Life, a new program geared to teaching heart health and providing CPR and first aid training to the youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami Dade.
After saving the life of a young woman who had collapsed with cardiac arrest, Marlins catcher Jeff Urgelles decided to start a CPR class for the kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Miami Dade. Marlins Foundation supported his effort with a $5,000 contribution.
The Marlins Foundation has partnered with the local American Heart Association to start the Compression for Life Program. Below is the class schedule. For more information, please contact Marlins Foundation at 305-480-2550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heart Health – Tuesday, January 22, 2013 – 4:30 P.M.
Teaching the importance of healthy eating and exercise and how both aspects contribute to positive heart health.
CPR Training – Tuesday, January 29, 2013 – 4:30 P.M.
Teaching the skills needed to provide CPR, AED and First Aid.
CPR Certification Class – Saturday, February 9, 2013 – TBD
Opportunity to acquire CPR certification.
Location – Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami Dade Main Campus
2805 SW 32 Avenue, Miami, FL 33133
Benefactors – Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami Dade
On August 20, 2012, while warming up for a road game in Arizona, Marlins Bullpen Catcher, Jeff Urgelles, heard a distress call of a young lady who had collapsed with cardiac arrest. Jeff and MLB Umpire, Jim Joyce, ran to her aid. They began to facilitate CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), as they waited for the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and the paramedics. They were able to sustain CPR and deliver much needed shocks from an AED by the time the paramedics arrived, and once transported to the hospital, doctors were able to regain a stable heartbeat.
The young lady’s name is Jayne Powers, an Arizona Diamondbacks game day employee. If it wasn’t for the quick thinking of everyone that day, she wouldn’t be alive today to share her story. When Jeff returned home, the Marlins honored him with a $5,000 contribution to start a CPR class for the kids at the local Boys & Girls Club. With the support of the Marlins Foundation, Jeff wanted to help spread awareness of the importance of CPR so more individuals can survive to share their story. The Marlins Foundation has partnered with the local American Heart Association to start the Compression for Life Program, a program geared to teaching heart health and providing CPR and first aid training to the youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami Dade.
About Jeff Urgelles
Jeff was born in Miami, Florida, where he attended and played baseball at Southwest Miami Senior High School. He went to Broward Community College on a baseball scholarship, later transferring to Savannah State University. After his junior year, Jeff was drafted in the 2003 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds, later going to play for the Blue Jays. Jeff played in their Minor League System from 2003-2006. He later returned back to Miami to go to school to become a certified fire fighter and certified paramedic. Now entering his 5th season, he joined the Marlins as the Bullpen Coordinator in 2009.
About the Organizations
American Heart Association
American Heart Association is committed to reducing disability and death due to heart disease and stroke through their mission, building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. For more information, please visit www.heart.org.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has been serving youth in the community since 1940. What once was a single building and site for boys has grown to five locations serving 10,000 boys and girls year round, providing programs in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, cultural arts and sports, fitness and recreation. Club staffing, initiatives, and programs are designed to inspire and enable young people and provide them with the resources to succeed and share in the American Dream. Boys & Girls Clubs is the official Charity Partner of Major League Baseball and the Miami Marlins. For more information, please visit www.bgcmia.org.
The Marlins Foundation supports the Charity Partners of the Miami Marlins through philanthropy and service. The Foundation is committed to improving the lives of our youth through education, the arts and baseball, with a special focus on children with special needs. The funds raised by the Foundation provide unique experiences for kids in our schools, parks and on the water. The Foundation community partnerships and outreach efforts demonstrate the Marlins’ leadership in corporate responsibility and civic engagement. For more information, please visit www.marlinsfoundation.com.