LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The annual Rock the Heart Lacrosse game matching the boys from Trinity High School against the girls from Sacred Heart has raised money for several fine causes since the first installment in 2011. Tonight's fifth annual event did that and taught a life-saving skill as well.
On a beautiful Wednesday night at Sacred Heart Academy, the teams battled on the field (girls sticks, girls rules) and about 125 people of all ages, including a number of youth teams, learned how to perform hands-only CPR. They were playing in honor of Tanner Demling and the Heart Champions Foundation, started by his family. Tanner is a Trinity Junior who is alive and healthy today thanks to the quick work of several bystanders who performed CPR on him after he collapsed a year ago at a lacrosse practice. He went into cardiac arrest, was not breathing and was without a pulse for nearly 30 minutes.
The foundation provided the CPR training free of charge and does so at various events. They also armed tonight's learners with kits to teach the skill to others. All proceeds from Wednesday's ticket and t-shirt sales went directly to The Heart Champions Foundation. And Trinity won a competitive game 8-7.
The Kentucky Lacrosse Hall of Fame will induct its first class this Saturday during a dinner at the Kentucky Center. It includes a of five coaches and referees that helped get the game going in the Commonwealth. They are Steve Auden, Mary Brainard, Scott Howe, Terry Justice and Pete Schroeder.
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