TAMPA – University of South Florida athletic trainer Kelly Cox will appear on an American Red Cross testimonial video for the organization’s “Changing Lives” campaign.
Cox, the certified athletic trainer for USF softball, was the key component on April 1, 2008 when junior pitcher Cristi Ecks collapsed during practice and required an Automated External Defibrillator to be used.
“As certified athletic trainers, we’re very fortunate to have the training from organizations like the American Red Cross,” Cox said. “I agreed to do this video because I believe that there can’t ever be enough awareness of the significance of CPR training.”
The video will be used as a testimonial for audiences at American Red Cross Seminars to support the organization’s ongoing support of health and safety awareness.
“Kelly Cox is an example what happens when you have the proper training and tools and use them to save a life,” Communications Director for the American Red Cross Melanie Koch said. “Kelly and her team maintained the calmness and control to perform CPR training the way they was trained to do it. It’s important that we have these stories from the people that were involved to help us educate on the importance of training individuals on CPR and using an AED.”
Cox and USF softball head coach Ken Eriksen were also invited to the “Changing Lives” Luncheon held on Thursday, June 12, 2008. The luncheon is a tribute to those who have made a difference in someone’s life by taking an American Red Cross course.
“I think it’s paramount that you have a certified trainer that has gone through the American Red Cross training,” head coach Ken Eriksen said. “It’s one of those valuable tools you have to have just in case anything happens. I also believe that it’s imperative that a coaching staff go through training, you can’t ever have enough people around to have it.”
In addition to joining the American Red Cross to raise health and safety awareness, Cox and USF Athletic Training staff was awarded a “Hero Pin” from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association to recognize their efforts on saving Ecks’ life.
“We were just doing our job and what we were trained to do,” Cox added. “Everything that comes after that is just confirmation that we have to continue to train for the well-being of our student athletes.”