‘Heart of a Panther’ raises funds for student heart tests

A Lexington Three student-athlete receives a cardiac screening from Providence Health professionals in 2018 at Batesburg-Leesville High School. (Photo courtesy of Lexington Three Schools)


In the Fall of 2016, following the tragic death of a student-athlete in a neighboring district, Lexington County School District Three created the “Heart of a Panther” campaign to help provide cardiac screenings for the District’s student-athletes.

As sports seasons gear up with the start of the new school year, Lexington Three is seeking donations from the community to continue to help fund this special program.

Through the “Heart of a Panther” campaign, student athletes at Batesburg-Leesville Middle and High Schools have the opportunity to go through special screenings for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), which is a common cause of sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes, according to The American Heart Association.  The screenings are conducted at the schools by Providence Health, and the average cost of the test is $50.

There are approximately 400 student athletes in Lexington School District Three, and while parents are encouraged to pay for their child’s screening, the donations that the district receives are used to pay for the screenings of those students whose families cannot afford them.

The “Heart of a Panther” campaign is accepting donations from local businesses, individuals, churches, and civic organizations to help pay for the cardiac screenings of the district’s athletes.  Donations may be made by check (made payable to “Lexington County School District Three”) and sent to 338 West Columbia Ave., Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29006. Please write “Heart of a Panther Campaign” on the memo line.  Donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible.

The first “Heart of a Panther” screening for this year’s student-athletes is planned for sometime in late October or early November, with another following in the spring.

Submitted by Mackenzie Taylor / Posted on September 3, 2019