Race Salazar Memorial Scholarship

Racer Bulldog BasketballRace Salazar grew up in Folsom, CA playing soccer, youth basketball, little league baseball, high school baseball and basketball, violin, and guitar. He graduated from Folsom High School in 2009. Race attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 2010, he died in his sleep from a cardiac arrhythmia. This tragedy was the result of a condition called Long QT Syndrome (LQTS).

LQTS is one of four types of Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome (SADS). It’s a “silent killer” amongst children and young adults. The family learned that SADS conditions can be stopped by simple education. Most cardiac arrhythmia’s and structural defects that cause sudden death in young people, are treatable.

Race’s family made it their mission to educate as many people as possible on the warning signs and symptoms of cardiac arrhythmia. Through the SADS Foundation, they want to empower families, schools, youth sports clubs, and the community to learn more about SADS, LQTS, genetic heart conditions, and treatment options with hope that these deaths can be prevented in the future.

Ask yourself “Is My child at Risk?” – SADS Coach and Player Risk-Assessment.
Learn more about Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome (SADS).
Sign up for a FREE heart screening at the next Via Heart Project**.

Race’s life continues to have profound meaning and will be honored through the efforts of his family and friends. The Race Salazar Memorial Scholarship was established in 2011 to award scholarships to deserving students at Folsom and Vista Del Lago High Schools. The Race to Keep Hearts Beating organization was established to raise funds for the FAA/Race Salazar Memorial Scholarship, UNLV Race M. Salazar Memorial Scholarship, the Via Heat Project, and SADS. Funds are also donated to the “Never in Our Town” Youth Assistance Program.

Funds are raised through the Race to Keep Hearts Beating organization with their Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament and Benefit Dinner. Check back for information for the next event.

** The Via Heart Project, provides FREE heart screenings for youth and young adults ages 12 to 25, hosted by the Folsom Cordova Unified School District, held every other year. Race to Keep Hearts Beating is one of the many sponsors. Stay tuned for information about the next screening.

We are pleased to support the Race Salazar Memorial Scholarship for graduating seniors from both Vista del Lago and Folsom High Schools.

Contact the Folsom or Vista del Lago High School counseling office for application information and deadline dates.

Congratulations to Folsom and Vista del Lago High School Scholarship Recipients.