Exertional Heat Illness is serious and we need to take action!
The message is spreading and we will make a difference.
We are on a journey to educate the world on heat related illness and prevention. By teaming up with Zach Polsenberg’s Heat Severity Charity, you can be a part of something great and help to save lives.
We started this charity because we suffered a loss no parent should ever have to endure. We lost Zach to heatstroke last year, an illness that’s 100% preventable, as long as parents, coaches and players know what to do and what not to do. Please read our story and help us make sure it’s not written for another child ever again.
Join us in our effort to educate others on heat-related illness and prevention. You can be a part of Zach Polsenberg’s Heat Severity Charity and help make an immediate difference, save lives and put an end to this needless heartbreak.
We welcome cooperation with other philanthropic, medical or sports organizations that seek to protect young athletes from all heat related illnesses.
Lets make positive changes to protect our kids.
Mandating Tubs and WBGT
In the ongoing fight to prevent heat stroke and heat-related illnesses, we have made some progress. But overcoming inertia is a never-ending battle. Currently, we are working to create a mandate for high schools in Florida to have a cold-water immersion tub (CWI) and use a Wet Bulb Globe Thermometer. We’ve given speeches to the Florida High School Athletic Association which regulates the sports program at high schools to change policy from recommending to mandating these.
The Legislative Way
In August, we are scheduled to meet with State Senator Travis Hutson to discuss Zach’s Law to mandate cooling tubs at all practices and games and strengthen the education need of EHI. Additionally, State Senator Kathleen Passidomo has met with the FHSAA to discuss the making CWI Tubs mandated. The first step is finding out what schools have tubs and which schools don’t. More information on the following to come soon.
Successes – One step at time
At the April FHSAA Board of Directors meeting, we we had the opportunity to speak. We stressed the importance of education and treatment of EHI. The BOD listened to us, other speakers and the recommendations of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. The FHSAA has mandated that all coaches and athletes watch a video on heat illnesses. This is a start.
Partnerships Make A Difference
The more people we can reach and the more we can educate them, the more lives we can save. It’s that simple. One way we’re doing this is by partnering with several well known organizations to promote the awareness and education of heat illness through social media channels.
James & Claudine Polsenberg
“We never thought we would be in a position to have to take on a challenge like this.”
We are making it our mission because we do not want another parent to lose their child and endure the needless pain we will live with for the rest of our lives. One thing we’re sure of is that Zach is cheering us on to make this change because that is what he would have wanted.
P.O. Box 353196
Palm Coast, FL 32135
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