Charles visits four schools with Hopey’s Heart charity
NEW YORK » Tina Charles went back to school this week.
The New York Liberty forward was spending Wednesday and Thursday at four local schools helping educate kids about CPR, nutrition and concussions as part of Hopey’s Heart week.
Her foundation, Hopey’s Heart, honors her aunt, Maureen “Hopey” Vaz, who died of multiple organ failure in 2013. It also honors Wes Leonard, a high school basketball player in Michigan who died in 2011 of sudden cardiac arrest after hitting the game-winning shot for his team.
“I never wanted to be an athlete that never gave back to the community. I never wanted to have that label by my name,” Charles said on Wednesday morning at the Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School. “I’m really big about giving back and helping others and being a servant onto others, that’s what it’s about to me. The fact we can raise awareness and that kids know what sudden cardiac arrest is and what an AED is and how to use it is great.”
Charles partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide to put on the demonstrations that included the kids wearing concussion goggles to simulate what it feels like to have the head injury.