Michelle Fields-Wilson to speak at Legends Sports Group's Youth Football Camp

posted Jul 8, 2019, 1:55 PM by Ryan Brown   [ updated Jul 8, 2019, 1:56 PM ]

 

 
 
Michelle Fields-Wilson to speak at Legends Sports Group's Youth Football Camp
Wilson will speak to attending youth and coaches about the risks
and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest.


On July 14, 2019, event marketing company Legends Sports Group, LLC will hold a FREE Speed and Agility football camp for youth ages 7 to 18. Legends Sports Group specializes in the organization, marketing, and execution of youth character development through sport.

Michelle Fields-Wilson, the founder of Smiling Hearts, will attend as a special guest and will hold an information session to build awareness of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) among campers and coaches. "It is important for our youth to have an opportunity to participate in sports activities, which help them stay fit, build confidence, and teaches valuable principles such as teamwork," Wilson said. "However, SCA is the leading cause of sudden death in young athletes during sports. Just as sports concussion policies protect the head, we want to arm our community with the knowledge to help protect the heart."

Speed and Agility is a 1-day camp held at Rabbit Hill Park in Dacula, Georgia. The camp is free of age youth, to register visit Legends Sports Group's website at https://www.legendssportsgroupllc.com.

Smiling Hearts - The Nick Blakely Foundation is dedicated to spreading SCA awareness and we are available to speak to your school, recreational park, or athletic association, etc. For inquiries, please contact info@nickblakelyfoundation.org.

ABOUT THIS EVENT
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HattersMatter Run Held in Honor of Nick Blakely

posted Nov 17, 2018, 7:50 PM by Ryan Brown   [ updated Nov 17, 2018, 8:12 PM ]

 

HattersMatter Run Held
in Honor of  Nick Blakely
The Stetson University community organizes run to
raise awareness for sudden cardiac arrest.

Smiling Hearts would like to extend our overwhelming gratitude to the Sports Management Class at Stetson University for hosting the HattersMatter Run for Nick Blakely. The inaugural 2.3-mile run was held in honor and memory of Nick to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest. Runners that participated paid a generous entrance fee, the proceeds of which were donated to Smiling Hearts.

The event was a success, with several students, athletes, and faculty of Stetson in attendance. Randy Nails Jr., a dear friend of Nick, gave a welcome speech expressing special thanks to the participants on behalf of Smiling Hearts and led the runners in prayer just before the run. "Everything turned out great, and to see all of those faces - and all of the support again - reminds us of what we already know. That Nick made the greatest impact on this community." A bonus, following the run, the Stetson Hatters football team won their final game of the season versus Valparaiso 45-31!

Charitable contributions to Smiling Hearts will go towards our program to donate automated external defibrillators (AED) to schools, parks, and recreational centers in need.


Free Heart Screenings for Youth Offered at Protect This Heart Event

posted Aug 16, 2018, 6:30 AM by Ryan Brown   [ updated Aug 16, 2018, 6:34 AM ]

 

 
Free Heart Screenings for Youth Offered
at Protect This Heart Event
Smiling Hearts Joins Teams with Simon's Heart, CVG, and the Jeremy Nelson and Terrell Wilson Foundations to Offer Free Heart Screenings in Lawrenceville, GA.


On September 16, 2018, Smiling Hearts is teaming up with Simon’s Heart, the Cardiovascular Group, Jeremy Nelson Foundation, and Terrell Wilson Foundation to offer free heart screenings for students, ages 12 – 19. 

The screening will take place at the Cardiovascular Group offices and is open to all families in Gwinnett County and beyond. No child will be denied an opportunity to participate in the screening.

Our goal is to screen 300 children! The screening is intended for students who have never received an electrocardiogram (ECG) exam or those who have never been examined by a cardiologist. The screening will look for undetected heart conditions, such as those that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death in youth. Please note that this screening is not a substitute for annual pediatric wellness visits.

ABOUT THIS EVENT

Protect this Heart Screening (Lawrenceville, GA)
September 16, 2018
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
755 Walther Rd NW Lawrenceville, GA 30045 map

EVENT DETAILS
We are dedicated to spreading sudden cardiac arrest awareness and are available to speak to your school, recreational park, or athletic association, etc. For inquiries, please contact Michelle Fields-Wilson at 770-403-7826.

Smiling Hearts Brings Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness to South Gwinnett High School

posted Aug 8, 2018, 5:32 AM by Ryan Brown   [ updated Aug 15, 2018, 6:26 PM ]

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/8/2018

Smiling Hearts Brings Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Awareness to South Gwinnett High School


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On August 7, 2018, South Gwinnett High School (SGHS) invited Smiling Hearts - The Nick Blakely Foundation's founder, Michelle Fields-Wilson, to speak to their Booster Club about the risks of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Located in Snellville, Georgia, SGHS is a public high school for students in grades 9–12. South Gwinnett is home to about 2,400 students.

Wilson addressed coaches, players, and their parents with the moving story of her son, Nick Blakely, a 19-year-old young man who passed away due to SCA on August 28, 2017. Wilson led an educational talk on the warning signs of SCA and the importance of cautionary measures such as preventative heart screening and life-saving automated external defibrillators (AED) in protecting youth from tragedy. "Smiling Heart's mission is to turn every potential tragedy of SCA into a story of survival. We are proud to take this opportunity to spread awareness and promote our upcoming screening event with Simon's Heart", Wilson said. Attendees heard the message loud and clear; SGHS has asked Wilson to come back and speak again.

On September 16, 2018, Smiling Hearts is teaming up with Simon’s Heart, the Cardiovascular Group, Jeremy Nelson Foundation, and Terrell Wilson Foundation to offer free heart screenings for any student aged 12 – 19. Please download and share our flyer [click here] and for more information visit https://simonsheart.org/?event=protect-this-heart-screening-lawrenceville-ga.

About Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation 
At Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation, our vision is to turn every potential tragedy of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) into a story of survival. We believe this is possible by advancing overall awareness to young athletes, parents, and coaches, providing youth with access to preventative heart screenings, implementing training standards and safety protocols in athletic associations and educational institutions, and advocating for the establishment of legislation supporting SCA standardized requirements. Learn more about Smiling Hearts and get involved by visiting us www.nickblakelyfoundation.org, Twitter @NickBlakelyFDN, or Facebook.com/nickblakelyfoundation

Field at Rhodes Jordan Park to be named Nick Blakely Field

posted Aug 8, 2018, 5:32 AM by Ryan Brown   [ updated Dec 22, 2018, 10:39 AM by Ryan Brown ]

 

Field at Rhodes Jordan Park to be named Nick Blakely Field
At a public hearing on October 23, 2018, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners announced the resolution to name the multi-purpose field at Rhodes Jordan Park the Nick Blakely Field.

     District 4 Commissioner John Heard presents the proclamation to Michelle Fields-Wilson, mother of Nick Blakely and Founder of Smiling Hearts, and members of the
     Lawrenceville Youth Association [L to R: Jamal Page, Tuwanna Davila, Fred Sutton Jr., Michelle Fields-Wilson, Doug Washington, John Heard]


LAWRENCEVILLE, GA - At a public hearing on October 23, 2018, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners announced the resolution to name the multi-purpose field at Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville, GA the Nick Blakely Field. The proclamation was presented by District 4 Commissioner John Heard to Nick Blakely's mother, Michelle Fields-Wilson, and members of the Lawrenceville Youth Association (LYA), Jamal Page, Fred Sutton Jr., Doug Washington, and Tuwanna Davila.

Nick started playing football at the age of 6 with the Lawrenceville Youth Association on the fields of Rhodes Jordan Park. He spent his formative years there playing for the Black Knights until attending Archer High School. Nick's experiences with LYA helped prepare him for life both on and off the field, helping to shape his principles and goals in life. His family continues to be heavily involved with the organization and Nick's 8-year old nephew Landon became a Black Knight this fall. 

Dozens of local area parents and students attended the meeting on October 23 to vocalize their support of naming the field. Friends and family of Blakely were also on hand to witness the presentation. Two of Nick's former coaches were present and shared their thoughts. Jamal Page said of Nick, "In the short time he was here, he affected a lot of people young and old with his contagious smile and attitude; he was an all-around good kid." Doug Washington also added, "Nick has meant a lot to our community."

"What an honor and a blessing...my heart is full of love," said Fields-Wilson overwhelmed by the support. Smiling Hearts would like to especially thank Fred Sutton Jr. for kick-starting the renaming of the field to honor Nick. Also, we thank Tina Fleming, Community Services Director, for her support in requesting the proclamation from the BOC.

Rhodes Jordan Park is located at 100 E Crogan St, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The field at Rhodes Jordan Park, which hosts several youth leagues, recently received some improvements as part of a $2.17 million conversion contract.

District 4 Commissioner John Heard presents the proclamation to Michelle Fields and members of the Lawrenceville Youth Association.



About Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation 
At Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation, our vision is to turn every potential tragedy of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) into a story of survival. We believe this is possible by advancing overall awareness to young athletes, parents, and coaches, providing youth with access to preventative heart screenings, implementing training standards and safety protocols in athletic associations and educational institutions, and advocating for the establishment of legislation supporting SCA standardized requirements. Learn more about Smiling Hearts and get involved by visiting us www.nickblakelyfoundation.org, Twitter @NickBlakelyFDN, or Facebook.com/nickblakelyfoundation

Lawrenceville Youth Association Awards Nick Blakely Book Scholarships

posted Aug 5, 2018, 1:06 PM by Ryan Brown   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 5:19 AM ]

Lawrenceville Youth Association Awards Nick Blakely Book Scholarships

In memoriam of Nick Blakely, high school seniors, Jaylen King and Reggie Shelton, were awarded collegiate book scholarships by the Lawrenceville Youth Association (LYA). The scholarships honor Blakely who played in the LYA's football program during his elementary education.

King will be attending Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama and Shelton is attending Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Smiling Hearts sends congratulations to the scholarship winners!

[from L to R: Tuwanna Davila, Reggie Shelton, Nicks mother, Michelle Fields-Wilson, Doug Washington]
[from L to R: Doug Washington, Tuwanna Davila, Jaylen King, Nicks mother, Michelle Fields-Wilson]

Smiling Hearts Donates its 1st AED to Rhodes Jordan Park

posted Jul 31, 2018, 5:35 PM by Ryan Brown   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 11:45 AM ]

In memory of Nick Blakely and to honor the one year anniversary of his passing, Smiling Hearts is happy to announce that through the kindness and support of the Gregory Moyer Defibrillator Fund & Rachel P. Moyer, we will donate our first automated external defibrillator (AED).

On August 11, 2018, Smiling Hearts will present an AED to the Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Rhodes Jordan is the home of the Lawrenceville Youth Association’s Black Knights football team where Nick Blakely started his football journey.

We are also excited that Rhodes Jordan will also be giving out their Nick Blakely Scholarship.

The presentation will begin at 1:30 pm; please join us! To view the full event details click here >

1st Annual Nick Blakely Summer Memorial Fundraiser

posted Jul 31, 2018, 5:26 PM by Ryan Brown   [ updated Jul 31, 2018, 5:26 PM ]


As the anniversary of Nick’s passing approaches, SafeBeat, our exclusive preventative heart screening collaborative partner, has launched a fundraiser in his honor. Donations will be used to provide free heart screens for youth. Please give and help save lives!

About the Fundraiser
The 1st Annual Nick Blakely Summer Memorial Fundraiser is being conducted to honor Nick’s life and the upcoming first anniversary of his passing. Every gift of $1, $2, $5, $500, or $5,000 will benefit the SafeBeat Initiative and Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation as we work together to prevent the #1 killer of student-athletes and #1 cause of death on school campuses, sudden cardiac death. Our average cost for a preventive heart screening for one child is $49 and we provide them to students and families for FREE. Thank you in advance for your gift.

View SafeBeat's fundraiser at:

2019 Nick Blakely Scholarship Winner Announced

posted May 3, 2018, 11:43 AM by Ryan Brown   [ updated Jan 26, 2019, 12:57 PM by Ryan Brown ]

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/27/2019

2019 Nick Blakely Scholarship Winner Announced
Smiling Hearts Awards $500 College Scholarship to Georgia Student


Lawrenceville, GA – Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation is proud to announce the recipient of the Nick Blakely Scholarship for 2019. The Nick Blakely Scholarship provides an annual scholarship for qualified high school seniors pursuing an academic degree in higher education.

A $500 scholarship was awarded to Kaleb Chester of Grayson, GA to assist in his first year of college studies. Kaleb will attend college this fall. "We are thankful to be able to award this scholarship for the second year in a row; especially to such a deserving young man,” says Ryan Brown, President of Smiling Hearts.

Through this program, Smiling Hearts has now provided scholarships to six students, since the program started in 2018. Our scholars have a compelling desire to pursue higher education and are committed to leaving a positive impact on their communities, and making a difference in the world through their professions, charitable contributions, social and environmental causes, commitment to faith, etc. For more information visit www.nickblakelyfoundation.org.

About Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation 
At Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation, our vision is to turn every potential tragedy of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) into a story of survival. We believe this is possible by advancing overall awareness to young athletes, parents, and coaches, providing youth with access to preventative heart screenings and life-saving automated external defibrillators, implementing training standards and safety protocols in athletic associations and educational institutions, and advocating for the establishment of legislation supporting SCA standardized requirements. Learn more about Smiling Hearts and get involved by visiting us www.nickblakelyfoundation.org, Twitter @NickBlakelyFDN, or Facebook.com/nickblakelyfoundation

Exceptional High School Seniors Awarded $500 College Scholarship

posted May 3, 2018, 11:43 AM by Ryan Brown   [ updated May 3, 2018, 3:30 PM ]

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/3/2018

Exceptional High School Seniors Awarded $500 College Scholarship
Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation Announces Recipients of its First College Scholarship Program


Lawrenceville, GA – Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation is proud to announce its first-ever award recipients of the Nick Blakely Scholarship. Following a detailed review process of more than 60 qualified applicants, Smiling Hearts selected Samantha Zelitt (Bradenton, FL), Victoria Molloy (Cape Coral, FL), Tatyana Mangual (Lawrenceville, GA), and Jandolyn Washington (Stone Mountain, GA) as the inaugural winners. Each will receive a $500 scholarship towards their first year of college studies.

Not only did Smiling Hearts find each award recipient impressive, but so did Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Central Florida, College of Coastal Georgia, and Spelman College, where each has chosen to enroll this fall, respectively. 
"The Nick Blakely Scholarship supports our mission to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, while also honoring the memory of my son, Nick Blakely,” says Michelle Fields-Wilson, Founder of Smiling Hearts. “We are honored to grant the scholarships to these exceptional students, as they exemplify the qualities and values that Nick stood for and we are eager to see what each will achieve in their college studies and beyond.” 

For media inquiries and to learn more about Smiling Hearts, it's mission to save young lives from sudden cardiac arrest, and its scholarships, please contact Ryan Brown, Executive Director, at 617-817-6830, ryan.brown@nickblakelyfoundation.org.

About Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation 
At Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation, our vision is to turn every potential tragedy of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) into a story of survival. We believe this is possible by advancing overall awareness to young athletes, parents, and coaches, providing youth with access to preventative heart screenings, implementing training standards and safety protocols in athletic associations and educational institutions, and advocating for the establishment of legislation supporting SCA standardized requirements. Learn more about Smiling Hearts and get involved by visiting us www.nickblakelyfoundation.org, Twitter @NickBlakelyFDN, or Facebook.com/nickblakelyfoundation

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