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: 91

June 1, 2016
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Game Changer : CPR required at the high school level opens the field for lifesaving plays

By: Audrey Fraizer Journal Issue: 2016 Mar/Apr The solid rubber ball Louis Acompora blocked with his chest during his first high school lacrosse game was part […]
June 1, 2016
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Performance standard is proposed for chest protectors to head off cardiac arrest from a sharp blow as in kids’ sports the chest can trigger deadly cardiac arrest

In this March 17, 2016 photo, Dave Halstead poses with a dummy used in developing standards for kids’ athletic chest protectors at the National Operating Committee […]
May 24, 2016
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Guarding The Heart

Stony Brook University Journalism student Greg Cannella takes a close look at Commotio Cordis . He interviews survivor Jack Crowley and  Louis’ mother Karen Acompora. To […]

Every Life Saved Is A Victory.
Lives Saved Since Louis's Law Was Passed: 91

Latest News

June 1, 2016
game changer

Game Changer : CPR required at the high school level opens the field for lifesaving plays

By: Audrey Fraizer Journal Issue: 2016 Mar/Apr The solid rubber ball Louis Acompora blocked with his chest during his first high school lacrosse game was part […]
June 1, 2016
web_full_16148767931140

Performance standard is proposed for chest protectors to head off cardiac arrest from a sharp blow as in kids’ sports the chest can trigger deadly cardiac arrest

In this March 17, 2016 photo, Dave Halstead poses with a dummy used in developing standards for kids’ athletic chest protectors at the National Operating Committee […]
May 24, 2016
Capture

Guarding The Heart

Stony Brook University Journalism student Greg Cannella takes a close look at Commotio Cordis . He interviews survivor Jack Crowley and  Louis’ mother Karen Acompora. To […]

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.