By Maria Boynton

The family of Johnny Tolbert III (center) is calling for changes to rules governing youth sports. (Courtesy of the Tolbert Family)

The family of Johnny Tolbert III (center) is calling for changes to rules governing youth sports. (Courtesy of the Tolbert Family)


It was on July 14, 2016, that her 12 year old son Johnny Tolbert III collapsed after suffering heat stroke during football practice. It happened at Welcome All Park in Atlanta, and Michelle Wright was there. She’ll also be at the Auburn Avenue Research Library tonight for a public forum titled “The Ignored Truth: How To Save The Lives Of Youth Athletes From Exertional Heat Stroke (EHS)”.
The family of Johnny Tolbert III are hoping that tonight's forum will help spark change in rules governing youth sports. (hand out)

The family of Johnny Tolbert III are hoping that tonight’s forum will help spark change in rules governing youth sports. (hand out)


Following the death of young Johnny Tolbert III, the Fulton County Parks and Recreation Department reportedly suspended all football practices, and ordered local athletic associations to prove that coaches are properly certified. The certification of coaches included being trained on the protocols for heat and hydration. On the day of Tolbert’s collapse, he’d been practicing in 90 degree weather in south Fulton County.

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