GCCC President To Meet With Deceased Football Player's Mother

Apr 12, 2019

A New Jersey congressman says Garden City Community College officials have agreed to meet about the death of 19-year-old Braeden Bradforth, who died of exertional heat stroke after a grueling work out last August. 

Republican Congressman Chris Smith says GCCC President Ryan Ruda has said he will meet with Bradforth’s mother, Joanne Atkins-Ingram.

Smith also intends to bring attention to the topic of exertional heat stroke in Washington.

“The first is to ask the Trump Administration to convene a commission that would look at this exertion heat stroke issue,” Smith said.

He said he will also offer legislation creating such a commission. 

Some 30 college football players have died following practices since 2000. 

There are protocols in place to prevent such deaths and Smith said he wants to make sure all coaches follow them. 

Ruda is expected to meet with Atkins-Ingram on April 26.