Tuesday’s Baldwin High School baseball and softball games against Paola will be the “Heart Awareness Night in Memory of Wes Leonard” with the money raised in concessions, bracelet and T-shirt sales going toward heart screenings for local athletes.
Leonard, a former Baldwin City student, died suddenly due to an enlarged heart on March 3 after completing a standout basketball game and season in Fennville, Mich. To help prevent this tragedy among other youths, a screening of local athletes at the Athletic Heart Clinic will be May 21 at Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center.
All net profits from concession sales Tuesday evening — including an expanded menu of grilled foods — will go to reduce the cost of screenings. BHS also will promote a heart awareness week and other activities, including a balloon launch at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday. The baseball and softball games begin at 4:30 p.m., with the junior varsities up first.
The Athletic Heart Clinic in May is also in honor of former BHS students Krystal Bateson and Alex Bergan.