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Incoming freshman football player at a Las Vegas school dies

July 1, 2021 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County authorities are investigating the death of an incoming freshman football player at Legacy High School in Las Vegas.

County school district officials said the 13-year-old boy died Monday during an athletics-related activity at Legacy High.

The district didn’t release the student’s name, but the county Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner said in a statement Wednesday it is investigating the cause of death of 13-year-old Cajetan Chinoyelum Nsofor of North Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Legacy principal Kenneth Sobaszek sent a memo to school parents that said “as athletic practice was beginning Monday evening, a student suffered a medical emergency” and died.

The Review-Journal said football practice with coaches present during a summer down period is not permitted by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, but voluntary noncontact and conditioning workouts are common at most schools.

The NIAA requires all athletes to pass a physical examination before official practices begin for their freshman and junior years, but they are not required for voluntary workouts, the newspaper said.