Good day everyone,
It is with a heavy heart that I am sharing we will be postponing the 2020 Play For Jake Golf Outing until June 26, 2021. The word cancel can be so negative at times and we’re doing some really positive work at the Play For Jake Foundation, so we’re doing all that we can to keep this situation in a positive lens.
Thank you to everyone who responded to my previous email concerning this matter; It was great to see the feedback. I know many will be disappointed by this decision, but please rest assured that it was not made lightly.
Jake’s Golf Outing has always been about community and comradery – there is a huge social aspect to our event. Given the potential limitations, I recognize that the event just wouldn’t be the same. And I do not want Jake’s Foundation to possibly be the cause of the one thing we are all seeking to avoid. Health has always been the priority of the Play For Jake Foundation.
Refunds will be sent out this month for those who have already registered. If anyone is interested in still making a donation to help provide free screenings for students, our mailing address is 612 ½ Monroe, LaPorte, Indiana 46350.
Jake’s golf outing will be bigger and better than ever next year, and we’re excited to share some new updates with you soon.
Here is some exciting news to share as we move forward; I had a zoom meeting with one of our state representatives and others to start the process of getting a law passed. Once we get the verbiage about Jake’s Law, I will be sure to send an update. We will need a lot of support to get the law passed.
We’re also working on getting a newsletter and a new foundation webpage made to keep everyone updated. We have so many irons in the fire, which means so many good things coming soon.
Thank you everyone, and I hope you stay healthy and return next year on June 26 th , 2021.
On September 8, the Play For Jake Foundation screened 1,031 middle and high school students within the New Prairie United School Corporation.
"We were so pleased to see so many kids take advantage of these screenings," said P4J Founder, Julie Schroeder. "As a teacher with NPUSC, it meant so much knowing my former students had the opportunity to have their hearts checked."
The screenings, which were free of charge to students thanks to the Play For Jake Foundation, took place in the middle school gymnasium. The process entails a 30 second electrocardiogram (EKG) and is completely painless.
Young Hearts for Life (YH4L), an organization nationally known for its unique screening program that happens to also be the largest screening program in the United States, has screened over 150,00 students for conditions that may lead to sudden cardiac death (SCA). While YH4L provided the screening program, the Play For Jake Foundation arranged volunteers to help in the screening process, as well as paid for the entirety of the screenings for students.
"Knowing that we were able to cover the costs of the screenings for each student who was involved is so rewarding," said Schroeder. "This is why we work so hard all year long fundraising and raising awareness."
This event follows the foundation's 2015 screenings at the LaPorte Community School Corporation where 1,517 students from the middle and high schools where tested for heart abnormalities.
Schroeder is already looking forward to the next opportunity to screen students and potentially save another life.
The Play For Jake Foundation is determined to create awareness and educate parents and youth about the dangers of undetected heart conditions.
We want to prevent sudden cardiac arrest among our youth by providing screening and protection programs for middle schools and high schools to ensure children are offered routine heart screenings for undetected heart conditions.
The risk is real. The solution is simple.
We are dedicated to the prevention of sudden cardiac arrest in school-age children. Our hope is to save lives and help prevent this tragedy from happening to other families.
Create an Awareness Campaign to educate parents and youth about the dangers of undetected heart conditions and how to prevent sudden cardiac arrest among our youth. This campaign would provide screening and protection programs. These would include educational materials and funds for middle and high schools to ensure children are offered routine heart screenings for undetected heart conditions.