On March 25, 2000, Louis J. Acompora died from a condition known as commotio cordis, which resulted from a blow to his chest while playing lacrosse during his first high school game. He was only 14 years old.

This fatal condition quickly leads to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). It is a poorly recognized and underreported event that affects healthy young athletes. Following Louis’ tragic death the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation has dedicated its mission to raising awareness among schools and other public institutions about the importance of owning automated external defibrillators (AED), a simple device that would have saved Louis' life.

The Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation was founded to ensure that similar tragedies are prevented. The Foundation is committed to improving sports safety by training coaches, sports personnel and bystanders to recognize SCA and respond immediately. Basic life support training and access to life-saving defibrillators in all schools and youth athletic organizations are crucial to achieve this goal.

Every life saved is a victory. Please make a donation today and help us continue to save young lives.

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Every Life Saved Is A Victory.
Lives Saved Since Louis's Law Was Passed: 95

Latest News

February 5, 2017

NOCSAE Finalizes First-Ever Football Helmet Standard to Address Concussion Risks from Rotational Forces and First Chest Protector Standard for Commotio Cordis

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jan. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Leaders in sports equipment safety voted to move two groundbreaking athletic protection standards to final status at the National […]
October 21, 2016

Queens teacher saves seizure-stricken student by using CPR, defibrillator

(SimplyCreativePhotography/Getty Images) BY Ben ChapmanLisa ColangeloDenis Slattery NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, October 20, 2016, 10:03 PM A quick-thinking Queens teacher saved a student’s life Thursday […]
October 7, 2016

Teamwork saves Herricks Middle School student’s life

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2016 5:58 pm Teamwork saves Herricks Middle School student's life By Noah Manskar TheIslandNow.com Sanketh Kumar turns 13 next Friday, a month […]

Taking Our Children Out Of Harms Way

The Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation is committed to seeing an improvement in sports safety with a special focus on the placement of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED's) for all schools and youth athletic organizations as well as public gathering places. We are dedicated to educating and sharing information on Commotio Cordis and Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The Foundation is committed to expanding CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) -AED training, and heart screenings.