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Successful Gus Macker Tournament at Metro Health Benefits Area Schools, AEDs to Be Presented on 12/4

The Gus Macker Tournament held at Metro Health Village was a slam-dunk – especially for the area schools receiving an automatic external defibrillator as a result of the fundraising component.

Ten schools in the greater Grand Rapids area will learn that they are to receive automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, during a special ceremony at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Challenger Elementary School, 2475 52nd Street SE in Kentwood. The event is open to the media.

The popular three-on-three basketball tournament drew 240 teams to Metro Health this summer, raising more than $10,400 to purchase AEDs, which are portable devices used to treat potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias.

Prior to the event, Metro Health encouraged schools within its West Michigan service area to apply for one of the life-saving devices, which retail for approximately $1,500. Approximately one-third of each team’s $132 registration fee was used to purchase AEDs. In addition to Challenger Elementary, the schools will also receive an AED:

  • Brown Elementary in Byron Center
  • Endeavor Elementary in Kentwood
  • Godfrey-Lee Public Schools in Wyoming
  • Godwin Heights Public Schools in Wyoming
  • Kelloggsville Public Schools
  • West Elementary in Wyoming
  • West Michigan Lutheran High School in Wyoming
  • Wyoming Community Education
  • Wyoming Junior High School

“Metro Health is proud to have partnered with Gus Macker for this excellent cause,” said Floyd Wilson, executive vice president of marketing, community outreach and physician relations.  “The event itself provides a family-friendly way to have fun exercising and improve participants’ health. Putting AEDs in to schools will help protect student athletes as well.

“As a community healthcare organization focused on wellness, we look for opportunities such as the Macker to promote fun, physical activities. We are delighted that this popular tournament has proved to be a success at Metro Health Village.”

Since 1987, the Macker has held nearly 1,000 tournaments with more than 2.2 million players that have been viewed by more than 23 million spectators. To date, the tournament has raised more than $15 million for charity.

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