LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Garrett Uekman foundation is taking strides to educate coaches on how to react when a player collapses on the football field.
Named after the former Arkansas Razorback who collapsed and died during a practice in 2011, the foundation's goal is to raise awareness about pre-existing heart conditions and fund scholarships for student athletes.
Michelle Uekman was at UCA's conference center in Conway for the foundation's first annual CPR clinic for high school coaches.
"I think knowing and hearing the Garrett Uekman foundation, it brings that to mind that yes, young healthy athletes can die suddenly," said Uekman, who also organizes the Garrett Uekman Memorial 7 on 7 football tournament held in Little Rock. The seminar provides CPR certification for coaches attending high school all star festivities this week at UCA.
Gurdon High School head football coach John Pace still thinks about his practice two years ago when one of his players collapsed and died on the field. Pace said it's tough to prepare for those types of situations, but knowing CPR and other time saving measures can make a huge difference.
"I can't imagine losing my son, but when you lose one of your kids, you've coached since the 7th grade it's like losing a family member," said Pace.