Football is more than just a game to so many. It teaches valuable life lessons, it brings communities together every Friday night across the country, and this year, it has the power to saves lives.
We may not wear helmets and jerseys at West Shore Home®, but every day we are Exceptional Teammates. This season, we partnered with Trinity High School Football in Camp Hill, Pa. to help support the Peyton Walker Foundation’s Huddle For Hearts initiative.
For every rushing touchdown the Shamrocks score in the 2023-2024 season, West Shore Home is donating $200 to help fund Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for local youth sports organizations in Pennsylvania.
At halftime of Trinity’s final home game, the Rocks had racked up 22 touchdowns for the season, and as a result, West Shore Home presented the Peyton Walker Foundation with a check of $4,400 dollars.
“West Shore Home and Trinity football share a core value, Doing the Right Thing Always,” said B.J. Werzyn, President and CEO of West Shore Home. ““Every time the Shamrocks score a rushing touchdown, it plays a part in saving a life in the future.”
Heading into the postseason, Trinity has scored 23 rushing touchdowns. And the donations are far from over. West Shore Home has pledged to continue their donations throughout the Shamrocks’ playoff run.
“We’re excited to partner with West Shore Home on this lifesaving initiative. Our hope is to grow the Huddle For Hearts program and have more athletes and sponsors engaging with us to place more AEDs across the Midstate and beyond,” said Julie Walker, Executive Director of the Peyton Walker Foundation.
Peyton Walker, who the foundation is named after, attended Trinity High School. She passed away in 2013 from sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 19. For the Shamrocks, it’s a partnership that honors one of their own. And for Trinity, to play for something bigger than themselves is added motivation.
“When there’s a meaning to what you’re doing, it always means a little bit more,” said Trinity head football coach Jordan Hill in an interview with FOX43 in October. “It’s not only the gratification for yourself, but the chance that you’re able to help somebody else. It makes scoring, especially a rushing touchdown, that much better.”
Trinity has already scored enough rushing touchdowns to help West Shore Home fully fund multiple AEDs. Now they have a chance to make an even bigger impact in the playoffs.