Staten Island High School Sophomore Dies After Football Practice

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012  |  Updated 12:07 PM EDT
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A Staten Island high school sophomore collapsed and died after a football workout Monday evening, school officials said.

Nicholas Dellaventura had wrapped up a voluntary football workout with his team at St. Joseph by-the-Sea and was on his knee next to teammates when his coaches noticed his breathing seemed labored, according to school officials. Dellaventura also could not stand up on his own.

That's when coaches administered first aid and dialed 911, said Fran Davies, associate superintendent for communications and marketing. Dellaventura remained conscious and verbally responsive while they waited for paramedics.

He was taken to Staten Island University South Hospital, where he died several hours later, Davies said.

School officials said the 90-minute workout consisted of conditioning and running drills, and did not include equipment or physical contact.

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