UCSB Associate Head Athletics Trainer Jackson Smidt Receives American Red Cross Certificate of Merit

Jackson Smidt (center) is flanked by UCSB men's and women's tennis players. Smidt was honored by the American Red Cross on Tuesday.
Jackson Smidt (center) is flanked by UCSB men's and women's tennis players. Smidt was honored by the American Red Cross on Tuesday.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara Associate Head Athletics Trainer Jackson Smidt was honored with the American Red Cross's Certificate of Merit for his live-saving efforts at the 2019 Big West Conference Tennis Championships at Indian Wells, Calif. 

Smidt was presented with the certificate, which is individually signed by the President of the United State, on Tuesday morning at a ceremony in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus.

The proclamation on the certificate explains exactly what Smidt did: 

 i.    On April 26, 2019, Jackson Smidt, trained in American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers, helped to save the life of a gentleman who lost consciousness at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells. The head referee at the Big West Conference Championship Tennis Tournament collapsed during the tournament. Mr. Smidt, along with fellow athletic trainers quickly responded. After performing life saving measures, they saw a small movement and the gentleman started to breathe. Emergency Medical Staff arrived and continued to provide care. The gentleman was transported to a local hospital for further treatment. Without a doubt, the skills learned in the American Red Cross Training Services course helped to save the life of this gentleman. 

ii.    For this act, Jackson Smidt has been awarded the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit. This is the highest award given by the American Red Cross to an individual or team of individuals who saves or sustains a life by using skills and knowledge learned in an American Red Cross Training Services course. The certificate bears the signature of the President of the United States, who is the honorary chairman of the American Red Cross, and the signature of the chairman of the American Red Cross. 

"I was very fortunate to put into practice what I was trained to do," Smidt said. "You never want to have to use those skills, but I am extremely happy that I had the training and that I was able to be of service." 

Smidt is UCSB's Certified Athletic Trainer for men's basketball, men's tennis and women's tennis. In addition, he instructs the department's coaches and staff in CPR/AED.