Croí is delighted to partner with Basketball Ireland in raising awareness of the importance of good cardiovascular health as we age. Having our Croí cardiovascular nurse specialists on-site at Basketball Ireland events will give the community the opportunity to hear more about the significant risk factors contributing to heart disease and stroke and get some important tips on how to take action to reduce this risk. Knowing your numbers, maintaining healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels, taking regular exercise, and having a healthy weight are all linked to a healthy heart and to reducing your risk of a serious cardiac or stroke event.
John Feehan, CEO added “This initiative between Croí and Basketball Ireland is a perfect fit as the health and wellbeing of our members is paramount to our organization. This association with Croí can only help with maintaining this and we look forward to a great and healthy working relationship in the future and one that can grow in many areas”.
Mike Murray noted “the partnership fits very well with Sport Ireland’s ‘Aged in Sport’ program and shows athlete duty of care approach to Basketball Ireland’s Masters Basketball Programme. Linking with Croí for this initiative aims to highlight Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease (ASCVD) and the importance of checking your blood pressure, sometimes referred to as the “silent killer”.
Mark O’Donnell, Head of Foundation and COO of Croí:
“We are delighted to join Basketball Ireland in this exciting partnership, particularly as the initial focus is on the Masters players, who are great exemplars for maintaining regular exercise and physical activity through all phases of life, as well as having strong social connections – both very important factors in maintaining long term health and wellbeing. There is significant potential to further develop and deepen this partnership across a range of activities and locations over time, and we very much look forward to working closely with the Basketball Ireland team in this regard.”
The Basketball Masters are held in various cities throughout the year with players competing in Over 40s, Over 50s and Over 60s competitions for both men and women.
Our partnership with Basketball Ireland will see Croí attend their Kilkenny event on March 4th, Dublin on May 20th, and Galway on November 11th, where a member of the Croí Health Team will be present to offer free blood pressure checks to those attending.