High school football player dies after collapsing at scrimmage in Philadelphia

High school football player dies after collapsing at scrimmage in Philadelphia


A high school football player in Philadelphia has died after he collapsed during a scrimmage game with his team, family and officials said.

Ivan Hicks Jr., 16, a student at West Catholic Preparatory High School, fell unconscious around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday while taking a water break from a 7-on-7 practice game in Coatesville,the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

“He was shy, but he was also very bubbly. Nice smile. He was very compassionate,” Ivan’s sister, Jelisa Smith, told news station Fox29.

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School officials said two parents with medical training rushed to Hicks’ aid before emergency crews arrived.

“Emergency service providers responded immediately and were on the scene within two minutes, joining with two of our parents who had medical training and had already begun performing CPR on the player,” Tomás Hanna, superintendent of the Coatesville Area School District, said in a statement.

Hicks was rushed to Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later, the Chester County

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