School Sports Safety: How to Protect Athletes from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Join Evan Ernst and Shawn Sima, PA-C, of Who We Play For (WWPF), as they share their personal journeys with SCA and how these experiences fueled their mission to eradicate sudden cardiac death in young individuals. They will also cover recent legislation and the benefits of having an AED in every athletic environment.

Learn the importance of heart screenings for youth athletes, the value of having an emergency action plan and AED in your facility, and how the “Damar Effect” has changed the velocity of legislation.

Meet the Presenters:

Evan Ernst

Evan Ernst is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Who We Play For (WWPF), the largest heart screening program in the country. He was motivated to start the organization by the death of one of his high school teammates. Rafael “Rafe” Maccarone collapsed while playing soccer at Cocoa Beach High School in 2007.

Shawn Sima, PA-C

Shawn Sima, PA-C, is an experienced Physician Assistant and Impact Director for Who We Play For. He developed an interest in CPR/AED/Public Safety after his daughter, Lexi, was saved by an AED. His passion is saving lives through advocacy, and helping to pass legislation at the local, state, and national level.