Starke, Florida — A warning for parents as our kids go back to school and start training for fall sports.
A 14-year-old suddenly died while working out with his high school football team in northeast Florida.
William Shogran, Jr. was at a two-day training camp at Camp Blanding, southwest of Jacksonville. His team traveled there from Sebastian River High School, near Vero Beach.
We still don’t know exactly what happened. His coaches say he started feeling sick. They called 911 and rushed him to the hospital in Starke. That’s where he died.
Camp Blanding is the main training base for the Florida National Guard. The football team had rented space there for their end-of-summer camp.
Shogran was about to start his first season of high school football.
He was deeply involved in his church, and home-schooled.
In Florida, home-schooled students are allowed to play sports at their local schools. University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow did the same thing in high school.
Shogran’s youth pastor says Shogran was planning a future as a youth minister himself.
Again, we don’t know why this young man died. But one of the biggest risks right now for young athletes is the heat.
Watch for symptoms of heat exhaustion:
- Feeling faint, dizzy, or nauseous
- Heavy sweating
- A rapid, weak heartbeat
To treat someone, here’s what you do:
- Get them into the shade or air conditioning
- Lay them down and loosen or remove their clothes
- Cool them off with water
They should drink water, and you can also sponge or spray the water onto them.
If they don’t improve quickly or they pass out or seem confused, play it safe and call 911.