A Heart to Heart Connection at the Big 33 Football Game in Pennsylvania

High school all-stars from Pennsylvania and Maryland will compete at the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) Big 33 Football Classic 62nd game on Monday, May 27th, at Central Dauphin School District’s Landis Field, based in Lower Paxton Township.

“We are proud to showcase the country’s premier high school football game featuring so many extraordinarily talented student-athletes, in partnership with the Dauphin County Commissioners,” said Garry Cathell, executive director of PSFCA.

“Our local equivalent to the Super Bowl, the Big 33 game is the cornerstone of our region’s growing sports tourism industry,” said Dauphin County Board Chairman Jeff Haste. “That’s why, every year, we proudly support the game, its young athletes, and all the activities happening that week.”

Another major announcement is the partnership between Big 33 and Julie Walker, of The Peyton Walker Foundation.  Walker applauded the Big 33 for its leadership in making the heart safety of players and athletes a top priority. Walker said, “We are grateful to partner with PSFCA, Big 33, Mid Penn Bank and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to provide heart screenings for all Pennsylvania players this year. CHOP is pleased to be the medical partner for the Team Heart Screenings and provide an Electrocardiogram, a murmur check, and an Echocardiogram.”

Walker’s 19-year-old daughter Peyton died of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.   Walker is now working to prevent SCA in students and pointed out that conditions that can cause SCA are often detectable and treatable, yet it’s the number one killer of student-athletes in the country. The Peyton Walker Foundation provides free routine heart screenings that help to identify potential heart issues that can lead to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

The game and other events surrounding Big 33 support the Buddy Program, which connects kids with special needs with all-star athletes in football and cheerleading.