Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in student athletes. Every year 10,000 young people die from SCA. Many appear healthy and have no known family history of heart-related illness. Even though medical tests can detect the presence of heart concerns, insurance companies generally do not cover their costs without the presence of symptoms or a family history of heart problems.
Our foundation is pursuing opportunities to promote greater awareness of heart issues in young, student athletes. Most conditions can be detected by an EKG and/or Echocardiagram (ultrasound), but not a routine observation physical. One of our primary goals is to increase public awareness of SCA.
One high school aged athlete suffers a Sudden Cardiac Arrest every three days in the U.S. The leading cause of death in young athletes is an undetected heart condition. The best way to detect these heart conditions is through a heart screening using an ECG (Electrocardiogram), and in some cases an Echocardiogram (ultrasound) of the heart.
The Chase Morris Foundation in partnership with a medical core group of committed sports medicine and cardiology physicians seeks to provide students and athletes the early detection of Sudden Cardiac Arrest - the No. 1 killer of those
under 25. Screenings provide an EKG and Echocardiagrams, which in most cases can lead to the detection of conditions that could prove fatal without attention. Schools or groups that are interested in screenings can contact us for scheduling.
The Foundation supports the Chase Morris Scholarship Fund. The Play for Chase scholarship was established following Chase’s death. Chase was a vibrant and athletic, young man with a passion for life who gave to his community, school and friends with such a enthusiasm and loyalty that he greatly touched many lives around him in his short 16 years on earth. The scholarship was established to provide scholarship funds to deserving high school students that display character, courage, passion and school and community involvement.
Applications are due March 31st annually and are reviewed for academic performance, character and school and community involvement.
Students submit applications that are reviewed by the board.
The foundation has various fundraising events planned to fund the goals of the foundation. Heart screenings are very expensive, as well as campaigns to promote awareness, train in CPR/AED skills and offer scholarships to be given annually. A golf tournament and dinner/silent auction will be held annually along with other activities including memorabilia items that can be purchased throughout the year to raise program funds.
The foundation seeks and welcomes the involvement of business and health organization sponsors to assist with the fulfillment of our goals. These partners are essential to being
able to carry out the mission of
The foundation seeks and welcomes the involvement of both students and professional athletes and coaches in promoting greater awareness of this deadly condition recognizing that the message is many times more effective from those in these positions.