By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Erin Tucker was on the soccer field at Tupelo’s Sportsplex the day 11-year-old Weston Reed died from a sudden cardiac event.
“If we had an automated defibrillator (AED), it may have saved him,” said Tucker, a Tupelo High senior.
Tucker and classmate Camille Walker are hosting a Mini Olympics this Saturday at Tupelo High School to raise money for the Weston Reed Foundation, which funds CPR/AED training programs and purchases defibrillators for the city.
The competition is for Tupelo High students, who will form five-person teams to compete in basketball, flag football, kickball, soccer and volleyball. The entry fee is $25 per team.
Tucker and Walker are using the event as part of their required senior project.
Their message is to raise awareness of youth cardiovascular problems.
“We both love sports and we were having trouble deciding on a project,” said Walker, a member of the Lady Wave’s state championship volleyball team. “When we decided what we wanted to do, we needed a way to raise money.”
Tucker, who played for the Lady Wave’s state runner-up soccer team, added: “We decided to have a sports day.”
“We’ve had a lot of people sign up,” Walker said. “Everybody wants to be an athlete.”
Admission is free for the competition, which is scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be a donation box at the gate.
“These teams will compete for bragging rights,” Tucker said. “It ought to be fun.”