American Red Cross Celebrates a Community of Champions

The American Red Cross is now accepting nominations for the 6th Annual Champions Breakfast, to be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2013. The yearly breakfast honors, celebrates and supports those in the South Plains community to have taken the call in crisis to be a hero to those in need while raising funds for the work of the American Red Cross in the Lubbock area. Nominations for this year’s champions are being accepted through Monday, July 1, 2013.

The Red Cross is asking for the community to join them in nominating a community champion who has performed extraordinary acts of humanity that save lives. The nominee may be a friend or family member, a neighbor, co-worker, a professionally trained life-saver or simply a Good Samaritan.

The Champions Breakfast takes time to honor and celebrate community members who have made life-saving contributions within the 15 counties of the American Red Cross South Plains Regional Chapter : Bailey, Cochran, Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Garza, Hale, Hockley, King, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Terry and Yoakum.

Champions are ordinary people responding extraordinarily during times of urgency and who have simply placed others before themselves. These special individuals are champions of the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.

“Anyone can be a Red Cross Champion by seeing an opportunity to change the life of someone else and taking the call ,” said Shannon Smith, executive director of the American Red Cross South Plains Chapter. “This event helps bring awareness to any unexpected disasters that happen in Lubbock and surrounding communities and emphasizes the importance of training and preparation for any emergency situation.”

Last year’s honorees were Champions from every aspect of the community including our Sideline Champion, Natalie Steadman, who is an athletic trainer and assistant professor at the Texas Tech Health Science Center. Steadman was nominated and honored for her quick thinking and ability to keep calm under pressure when she was called to action after a local photographer fainted on the sidelines after his heart stopped during a football game. Steadman’s training through the Red Cross public health and safety program in First Aid, CPR and AED prepared her for an unexpected situation that became a lifesaving success.

Join us Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at Aerocare to honor and celebrate these heroic acts and the champions who make the stories possible. Proceeds from the Champions Breakfast supports the life-changing mission of the Red Cross right here on the South Plains.

For more information and to nominate a champion for the 6th Annual Champions Breakfast, please visit the Red Cross website at

Or contact the Chapter at (806) 765-8534. Nominations are being accepted through Monday, July 1, 2013.

Special thanks to our sponsors for this event, AeroCare and KCBD 11.