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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 achieving 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: 102

February 13, 2020

Her campaign to make lacrosse safer goes on, 20 years after her son’s death

Originally posted by The Washington Post By Matthew Gutierrez  Feb. 1, 2020 at 8:10 p.m. EST NORTHPORT, N.Y. — Karen Acompora climbed out of her Lexus […]
March 13, 2019

High school lifeguard saves drowning teen at Brooklyn school

Originally posted by the NY Post By Tina Moore, Larry Celona and Selim Algar March 11, 2019 | 9:36pm A Brooklyn high school lifeguard saved a drowning student on Monday — performing […]
December 17, 2018

Team effort saves referee at Lawrence basketball game Inwood resident Larry Miller revived after heart attack

Inwood resident Larry Miller revived after heart attack The Lawrence boys’ basketball season began like any other year. Locust Valley’s team traveled from the North Shore, and the […]

Every Life Saved Is A Victory.
Lives Saved Since Louis's Law Was Passed: 102

Latest News

February 13, 2020

Her campaign to make lacrosse safer goes on, 20 years after her son’s death

Originally posted by The Washington Post By Matthew Gutierrez  Feb. 1, 2020 at 8:10 p.m. EST NORTHPORT, N.Y. — Karen Acompora climbed out of her Lexus […]
March 13, 2019

High school lifeguard saves drowning teen at Brooklyn school

Originally posted by the NY Post By Tina Moore, Larry Celona and Selim Algar March 11, 2019 | 9:36pm A Brooklyn high school lifeguard saved a drowning student on Monday — performing […]
December 17, 2018

Team effort saves referee at Lawrence basketball game Inwood resident Larry Miller revived after heart attack

Inwood resident Larry Miller revived after heart attack The Lawrence boys’ basketball season began like any other year. Locust Valley’s team traveled from the North Shore, and the […]

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.