Korey Stringer’s Sacrifice and the Battle to Stop Football Heat Stroke Deaths
Published August 3, 2015
We can never forget Korey Stringer, who collapsed on a Minnesota practice field on a sweltering July afternoon in 2001, died of heat stroke early the next morning and reminded the world that football players are not indestructible.
Stringer died 14 years ago, a victim of oppressive heat and national misunderstanding of—and indifference about—a dangerous-but-preventable ailment that still claims the lives of too many young athletes each year.
Stringer’s death opened eyes and minds about the dangers of dehydration and heat stroke. It prompted immediate changes in how the NFL and NCAA treat their athletes during steamy summer practices, changes that trickled down to prep and youth levels. It even changed the tone of the national football conversation, creating an awareness of the perils of playing football that has carried over to other health and safety issues.
Exertional Heat Stroke: Test Your Knowledge
Answers to the Crossword Puzzle
Loss of a Child
published December 14, 2014
The Torah has a unique word to describe the death of a child because it is a pain that never leaves.
A Permanent Tear: On the Loss of a Child
Heat Stroke vs. Arrhythmic Death: Life-Threatening Events During Endurance Sports
Published January 8, 2015
The article “Life-Threatening Events During Endurance Sports: Is Heat Stroke More Prevalent Than Arrhythmic Death?” by Yankelson and colleagues makes several important points that are often overlooked in the discussion of adverse outcomes in endurance racing and highlights the risk of death from heat stroke.
The In Our Hearts Project
The ‘In Our Hearts’ project has been created to be a resource for families who have lost a child and to sensitize and educate the greater Jewish community and beyond in this painful area of loss and bereavement.
The Dragonfly Project
The Dragonfly Project consists of volunteers who send condolence cards carrying a message of hope to people who are grieving. We look up names in obituaries, then put together and mail packets out; usually 3 to 6 months after the death has occurred. Each packet contains a condolence card, a copy of the dragonfly story printed on the inside cover and a dragonfly keychain.