Lions Hall of Famer Pushes For Student-Athlete Heart Awareness

Posted at 5:53 PM, Jul 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-08 20:41:01-04

DETROIT, Mich. — Charlie Sanders showed a lot of heart during his nine-year Hall of Fame career with the Detroit Lions, excelled both as a pass-catcher and as a blocker.

Now he’s an advocate for young athletes getting their hearts screened early in their careers – before tragedy can strike.

Sanders started his “Have a Heart, Save a Life” foundation after the passing of Fennville star Wes Leonard in 2011. Leonard died of an undetected heart condition after hitting a game-winning shot in a postseason basketball game.

The seven-time Pro Bowler is teaming up with Healthy Heart Diagnostics to present Jackyl in concert at Berlin Raceway on July 25. Tickets are $20 during pre-sale and $26 the day of the show. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. and the show starts at 6:00 p.m.