Each time AED Superstore has to choose an AED grant winner, it gets more and more difficult. Every applicant has a story to tell and a need which pulls at our heartstrings. Our committee struggles to narrow it down to just one winner. We are excited to announce our winner of the most recent $2,000 AED grant to be used toward the purchase of an AED and supplies is Team Prime Time in Los Angeles, CA!
Billy Dunwoody, Office Manager at TeamPrime Time, applied for the grant with the following submission:
Team Prime Time operates a Special Needs Sports Inclusion Program where we provide peer coaches to special needs athletes in the Fall and Spring of each year. We teach special-needs kids how to play soccer, basketball, flag football and pillo-pollo (safer version of Hockey). Each week during our season, we have multiple teams play each other. We also have a culminating event with all of the schools involved at USC(December) and UCLA (June). Having an AED will be extremely beneficial, as some of our athletes do have medical conditions and right now we only have basic first aid equipment. All of our staff are CPR/First Aid/AED certified and I will be receiving my Instructor certification soon. Having an AED will also allow me to provide AED training to our employees in-house both for our normal After-School Program as well as our Special Needs Sports Inclusion Program.
According to Billy, Team Prime Time’s mission is to provide intervention programs for at-risk children from low-income areas of Los Angeles that combine academics, athletics, leadership training and the arts in order to prepare them for the future and allow them to reach their full potential. Whether it be our Varsity/High School League or our Middle School League, the Prime-Time Games creates full-inclusion teams by pairing underprivileged youth and children with special needs from the same high school or middle school. These blended teams compete against one another in the only League of its kind, giving children with developmental challenges the only real opportunity to participate in a mainstream high school/middle school sports experience (The “Varsity” experience).
Congratulations, Team Prime Time! We hope you never have to use the AED, but we are pleased it will be available should the need arise.