Local High Schools To Tackle Heart Disease This Football Season

Fort Walton Beach High School and Choctawhatchee High School students will tackle heart disease this fall as they raise money for the American Heart Association and bring awareness to heart disease, the nations #1 killer.

During two specially designated football games, the schools will honor survivors and remember loved ones while helping to fight heart disease and stroke. 

Fort Walton Beach High School will host a “RED OUT” on August 31st against Freeport High School and Choctawhatchee High School will do a “BLACK OUT” on October 12th against Crestview High School. 

Teams, students and community members can purchase and wear a “Rock the Beat” shirt to school, to work and to the game in honor of our loved ones. 

“Cardiovascular disease kills more people in the US than the next four leading causes of death combined…including cancer,” said Jamie Elmore, Youth Market Director, American Heart Association. “The Red Out/Black Out is a great way to celebrate life of family and friends we have lost to this devastating disease while making a difference by helping to save others.”  

“Rock the Beat” t-shirts can be purchased from each school and will also be sold at the stadium before the game. 

“We encourage all members of the Okaloosa County community to come show your support for the high schools and for the American Heart Association,” said Elmore. “We are also proud to have members of the local Kohl’s Cares team volunteering to help with each event.”

If you would like more information on how to get involved, please contact your American Heart Association Youth Market representative, Jamie Elmore at Jamie.Elmore@heart.org or visit Americanheart.org.