It’s the middle of a Friday night football game on Aug. 26. Sounds of cheering fans could be heard across the stadium, when suddenly silence overtakes the venue. It’s KIPP Sunnyside versus Shadow Creek High School, and a KIPP player is down.
“It was an extremely scary time for everyone involved. Once the incident occurred there was complete stillness throughout the stadium, as we all just hoped and prayed that the young man who had suddenly gone unconscious, would be okay,” said Kelly Hestand, principal of Shadow Creek High School.
Once the student went down, athletic trainers from both teams raced to field to tend to the student.
“When we reached the field, the player was responding to questions from his school’s athletic trainers, then suddenly he was no longer responding,” mentioned Cody Wade, head athletic trainer at Shadow Creek High School.
Once the student stopped responding, personnel on site immediately began to perform a sternal rub, in an attempt to wake the student. The attempt did not work, as the student remained unconscious and did not have a pulse.
“At that point it was imperative that we began compression on the student, while the ambulance was on the way. After about 20-25 seconds we could feel a pulse,” added Wade.
“We are extremely proud of the efforts of Cody Wade, as his heroic actions saved this young student-athlete’s life,” said Mike Bass, Alvin ISD athletic director.
To acknowledge the actions of Wade, the Alvin ISD Board of Trustees and the Alvin ISD leadership team will recognize him for his efforts at the Sept. 13 School Board Meeting, which will take place at the Tommy King Central Administration Building in Alvin, TX, beginning at 7 p.m.
“We’re looking forward to recognizing this outstanding employee’s good deed,” mentioned Dr. Buck Gilcrease, Alvin ISD superintendent of schools.