American Heart Association, American Red Cross Bring CPR Training to NFL Cities

In the wake of Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin’s on-field resuscitation after experiencing sudden cardiac arrest in January, the American Heart Association and American Red Cross are among the founding members of a partnership with the NFL to bring lifesaving training and other resources to more cities.

The coordinated, strategic collaboration efforts from The Smart Heart Sports Coalition expands CPR and AED awareness, use and advocacy. This is the action that saves more lives. All of us at Citizen CPR Foundation are grateful to the teams at American Heart Association and American Red Cross for your ongoing support and leadership. Thank you!

The Smart Heart Sports Coalition launched in March and has since expanded to include 26 member organizations, including men’s and women’s professional sports organizations and leading medical and advocacy groups.

To help save more lives from SCA, the NFL, American Heart Association and American Red Cross are focused on sharing hands-only CPR education in NFL stadiums and other events. Grant funding in excess of $1 million, provided by the NFL, will support this training and also help expand AED access. Additionally, each of the 32 NFL clubs has access to grant funding to spur expanded training and equipment placement in their communities.

“The knowledge to effectively deliver CPR, have access to an AED, and have in place an emergency plan makes a difference in saving a life,” says Jeff Miller, NFL Executive Vice President of Communications, Public Affairs and Policy. “We want to help create communities that are empowered with the tools and skills to do just that.”