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: 101

December 10, 2018
Thanks to research funded in part by US Lacrosse, scientists can pinpoint the exact cause and timing of commotio cordis and the threshold required to prevent it.

Heart To Heart: NOCSAE, USL Work To Reduce Risk of Commotio Cordis

US Lacrosse has been committed to expanding and elevating safety initiatives in lacrosse since its inception in 1998, and has funded more than $1 million in […]
August 29, 2018

Athlete ‘dies’ at workout: How 3 Syracuse nurses in right place, right time saved him

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Greg O’Polka had only a few heartbeats left. He didn’t know it the morning of Aug. 10 when the 54-year-old went to work […]
December 23, 2017

The Legacy of a Stopped Heart

As she sat in the batting cage cradling her son Jack’s head in her lap, Nancy Crowley knew he was dying. His face was turning blue. […]

Every Life Saved Is A Victory.
Lives Saved Since Louis's Law Was Passed: 101

Latest News

December 10, 2018
Thanks to research funded in part by US Lacrosse, scientists can pinpoint the exact cause and timing of commotio cordis and the threshold required to prevent it.

Heart To Heart: NOCSAE, USL Work To Reduce Risk of Commotio Cordis

US Lacrosse has been committed to expanding and elevating safety initiatives in lacrosse since its inception in 1998, and has funded more than $1 million in […]
August 29, 2018

Athlete ‘dies’ at workout: How 3 Syracuse nurses in right place, right time saved him

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Greg O’Polka had only a few heartbeats left. He didn’t know it the morning of Aug. 10 when the 54-year-old went to work […]
December 23, 2017

The Legacy of a Stopped Heart

As she sat in the batting cage cradling her son Jack’s head in her lap, Nancy Crowley knew he was dying. His face was turning blue. […]

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.