New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s Office has said the governor has recently signed legislation which will require camps and youth sports programs to establish Automated External Defibrillator (AED), implementation plans and to also have at least one person trained to use the device during camps, games and at practices.
The legislation was supported by Buffalo Bills player, Damar Hamlin, who suffered a cardiac event during a Bills and Bengals game last year. The legislation is directed towards camps and youth sports programs with five or more teams participating to establish an AED implementation plan.
“We all remember the terrifying moment when Damar Hamlin was injured last February, but young athletes at schools and camps could be exposed to similar risks,” Governor Hochul said. “By requiring camps and youth sports programs to establish an AED implementation plan, kids will be safer and teams will be prepared. I want every parent in New York to know: we’re doing everything we can to keep your kids safe.”
The plans will provide details on how AEDs will be made available or reasonably accessible at every camp, game or practice.