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Students Transported to Hospital During Football Game

Eleven football players were taken to area hospitals for hypothermia.

Eleven football players were taken to area hospitals for hypothermia during a football game at Calhoun High School Saturday, Merrick fire officials said.

Ambulances from Merrick, Bellmore, East Meadow, Roosevelt and Freeport
Fire Departments were on the scene.

James Allen, fire chief of the North Merrick Fire Department, said when he arrived on the scene two were already transported to the hospital.

"When we got there, two came down with hypothermia during the game and were transported to the hospital by Bellmore-Merrick EMS," he said. "When we got there after the game, more kids came down with hypothermia symptoms in about 15 minutes."

The players were taken to Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, Nassau University Medical Center, and South Nassau Communities Hospital.

The medical status of the players are unknown.

Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Eighteen football players were also treated for hypothermia at Plainview JFK High School Saturday. Twelve of the players were transported to area hospitals by emergency crews, firefighters said. Six more players were treated at the scene.

This is a breaking news story. Patch will have more updates as they become available.

Aruba October 30, 2011 at 01:57 PM
Seems the Carey coaches wanted to postpone the game against Calhoun in the first place. Glad there are people still left with common sense brains in there heads. Remember people, this is not the NFL! Congratulations Carey, you deserved to win this game!
Frank October 30, 2011 at 03:44 PM
I think almost as disturbing as the actual incident are the comments by some of the people to this article. CALYPSO, your comments are right on target. Kids were sent to Emergency rooms for hypothermia, that is not a trivial matter. It was dangerous and to think that it might be parents who suggest that kids aren't tough enough is just absurd. Obviously they played and toughed it out, it's the adults mission to protect them, which all involved did a poor job of, coaches, sideline doctors, athletic directors and parents. Long Island teams are not prepared for that level of extreme conditions. The kids did not have any rain gear to protect them while sitting on sidelines and outside of Mephams coach, no other team had a generator with a heat blower. Quite honestly if it gets to that level of weather, the games could have been rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday and not interfere with playoff schedules.
Mary October 31, 2011 at 02:26 PM
This is a response from a PARENT (a mom, gasp!) of one of those players: Was my son cold? Sure he was. Was he uncomfortable? You bet. Did he and his teammates WANT to play football? THEY SURE DID! It's FOOTBALL, not ballet, people, and while I agree it was cold and miserable out, (I watched the ENTIRE game) that is the essence of the sport. As for those who went to the hospital, the previous posters are correct: MOST were spectators who were too dumb to know how to dress themselves or their younger children. Get over it people! Go Calhoun!!!
Liz Berger November 01, 2011 at 03:02 PM
It is my hope and prayer that the coaches/principals who have now experienced this unusual circumstance of weather are better prepared for back up plans if and when situation arises once again. What are you really teaching them when they're not properly prepared to endure these weather conditions. Let's go Mepham btw!
Mephamfootball101 September 08, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Ok first of all to all of the parents if there were some players who had hypothermia it's those players parents fault for not saying "oh god it's freezing out....go put two more under armour shirts on" I mean really I'm a player myself and have been practically out side 365 days of the year parcticieing even on my birthday I practicied we players at Mepham put everything we have in to playing the game

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