Missouri high school sophomore dies after football practice

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A high school football player has collapsed and died after practice in southwest Missouri.

The Joplin School District said in a statement that emergency personnel responded Wednesday evening after 15-year-old sophomore Kadin Roberts-Day had a medical emergency at the Joplin High School gymnasium. The team was practicing indoors because of the heat and humidity.

Jasper County Coroner Rob Chappel says Roberts-Day had a history of severe asthma but that a doctor had cleared him to play sports. He says the death is under review.

Roberts-Day was a 6-foot-3-inch (1.9 meter), 205-pound (93-kilogram) offensive lineman. His twin brother also is on the team.

The district says coaching staff and teammates remember Roberts-Day as “extremely personable and caring.”

Surrounding districts have sent counselors to help grieving students.

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