Tire Kingdom Partners with the American Heart Association to Recognize the Importance of CPR at a Local High School

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – June 1, 2022 – Tire Kingdom® Service Centers, a leader in the automotive aftermarket space with over 200 stores throughout Florida, worked alongside the American Heart Association (AHA) to provide CPR equipment to Royal Palm Beach High School for National CPR and AED Awareness Week. This annual initiative, which takes place from June 1 through June 7, raises awareness regarding sudden cardiac arrest and stresses the importance of CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) use.

Tire Kingdom partnered with the AHA, an organization that has been fighting heart disease and stroke and helping families and communities thrive for nearly 100 years, to donate two CPR training kits. These kits will be used by educators, school nurses, and student leaders to not only train groups of 10 to 20 students at once, but can also be used to extend lifesaving training to parents, volunteers, and community members.

“CPR can double or triple someone’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest,” said Stacey Comerford, Vice President of Development for the American Heart Association Palm Beach County. “The majority of cardiac arrests that happen outside of a hospital, happen at home. That’s why we’re so passionate about training people of all ages to provide CPR, because it enables them to save lives out in the community but also to potentially save the lives of their family members in an emergency.”

The CPR in Schools Training Kit™ enables students to learn the lifesaving skills of hands-only CPR in as little as 30 minutes. Plus, it teaches AED use and choking relief, creating more qualified lifesavers in our communities and ultimately safer communities. The importance of CPR training has also been recognized across the country as 39 states now require student CPR training as a graduation requirement. The program is a wonderful enhancement to current health and physical education curriculum. 

“To have these CPR training kits is so important,” said Principal Michelle Flemming. “It’s really an honor to be able to train our students to save lives in an emergency situation.”

The School District of Palm Beach County is the tenth-largest in the nation and the fifth-largest in the State of Florida. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the School District has 22,600 employees, including more than 12,900 teachers. Royal Palm Beach Community High School, part of the School District of Palm Beach County, is dedicated to meeting the holistic needs of all students. In August, Tire Kingdom  also unveiled a wellness area at the school to improve mental and physical health for teachers, faculty, and staff enabling them to continue to provide the best support for students.

“We are honored to once again partner with the American Heart Association and Royal Palm Beach High School in our efforts to build a culture of health and wellness,” said Brian Maciak, EVP, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer of TBC Corporation, the parent company of Tire Kingdom, who oversees social responsibility. “This relationship over the past year has allowed us the opportunity to provide essential tools to educate and engage students and faculty while inspiring them to make lasting changes for their heart health.”

For over 10 years, Tire Kingdom, a division of TBC Corporation, has been a proud supporter of the AHA. In 2016, Tire Kingdom led the Palm Beach County Heart Walk campaign which raised $1.1M for the mission of the American Heart Association, the most money raised in Palm Beach County Heart Walk history. An integral part of TBC and all business units spanning retail, franchise, wholesale, distribution, ecommerce, and corporate shared services is corporate social responsibility (CSR). The company has initiatives that are driven by the company as well as initiatives that are Associate-driven, all communicated to associates via a formalized program called TBC Driven To Give (#TBCDrivenToGive).