Player Death Prompts Legislative Action

Frankfort, KY – Several witnesses, including University of Kentucky head football coach Rich Brooks, urged passage of legislation seeking additional training for high school coaches regarding heat-related illnesses. "I think that the education part is one of the simplest, most efficient and effective ways to deal with this problem."

Despite the testimony, the House bill was derailed by the Senate Education Committee, which wants more study. Last August, 15-year old Max Gilpin died from heat-related complications suffered during football practice at a Louisville high school. His coach, David Stinson, has been indicted for reckless homicide, in the first case of its kind in the nation.