Joplin community mourns loss of student, athlete, and friend

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JOPLIN–“Anytime we lose a student, regardless of the circumstances or the time of year, it’s tragic and we feel that loss and students and staff mourn that loss,” explained Joplin Schools Superintendent Dr. Melinda Moss.

“Extremely personable and a caring student” — words that describe a Joplin student athlete who died Wednesday afternoon after football practice.

The football team was inside Joplin High School’s Kaminsky Gym around 5:30 due to the heat outside.

That’s where sophomore Kadin Roberts-Day had a medical emergency causing him to collapse.

He was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

Messages of support have been pouring in from residents, fellow athletes, and neighboring school districts.

“Coach Jasper and his coaching staff, his teammates, fellow teachers, and students at Joplin Schools remember Kadin as an extremely personable and caring student,” said Dr. Moss.

The school has counseling services available to any student who might need help in the coming days.

Dr. Moss says they’ve gotten numerous calls from surrounding districts offering their help in any way.

And, a special Joplin football jersey to be auctioned off at an upcoming golf tournment has a new meaning.

Organizers with the Jeff Wagner “Wags” Memorial Golf Tournament will give all of the proceeds to Kadin’s family.

After the golf tournament, the Wags Committee will return the jersey to joplin high school.

Donations can be dropped off at the Glades Law Firm at 1120 Southeast Murphy Boulevard in Joplin.

Venmo users can donate to @wags-memorial, and note the donation for Joplin in the memo line.

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Joplin Schools Press Release:

Today at approximately 5:30 pm, emergency personnel responded to the Joplin High School Kaminsky Gym, where the high school football team was practicing indoors.  A sophomore student had a medical emergency following conditioning and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. It is with extremely heavy hearts that we can now share the tragic loss of Kadin Roberts-Day due to a cardiac arrest. Coach Jasper and his coaching staff, his teammates, fellow teachers and students at Joplin Schools remember Kadin as an extremely personable and caring student.

Counseling services have been made available to any student or staff needing support and will continue for the coming days. Our deepest sympathy goes to the family and friends.

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