APRIL, 21, 2022 AT 3:30 PM

During a ceremony Thursday at the State House, Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law the Elijah Gorham Act, named after the Baltimore high school football player who died last year after suffering a traumatic brain injury during a game. Baltimore City Democrat Del. Brooke Lierman sponsored the bill, alongside Sen. Shelly Hettleman, a Baltimore County Democrat.

The law requires all middle and high schools in Maryland to develop emergency action plans for all of their athletic venues, including for the use of defibrillators, which must be a “brief walk” from an athletic practice or event, and cooling equipment for heatstroke, which must be “readily available.”

“Elijah’s family is still troubled by his death,” said James Gorham, Elijah Gorham’s father. “But he’s very, very much missed and loved, and we just want to make sure that the sports in Baltimore City and the state of Maryland are going to be safe for all children.”

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