Though he’s remembered as passionate about life in general, there was one thing Scott Limpert especially liked: soccer.
Ever since he was a boy growing up in Elmwood Park, N.J., Scott was in love with the world’s most popular sport. Wherever he moved throughout his life, whether California or Allen, he sought out a team to play on. His team in Allen was the North Dallas Forty.
“He played soccer for as long as I knew him,” his wife Lisa said. “We got married during the offseason.”
Though he had high cholesterol for which he took medication, Scott was fit, playing soccer three times a week and exercising daily. So it was quite a shock to his family when Scott headed off to an indoor soccer facility in Frisco on July 17 and never returned home.
According to Lisa, he suffered a heart attack caused by cardiac thrombosis, a blockage of the left ventricle in the heart. Doctors call it the “widow-maker” because there are no symptoms or signs leading up to the attack. Scott died that Friday at age 53.
Scott worked as vice president of operations for Transamerica. He was in charge of taking over divisions and fixing their operations before the company sold off the division. It was a job that fit his personality, Lisa said.
“His favorite quote was, ‘I like life like I like my pasta: al dente.’ He liked to fix things and didn’t like doing things real easy,” she said.
In honor of her late husband’s life, Lisa and her family recently began the Scott Limpert Memorial Fund. The memorial will raise awareness of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, help fund the installation of automated external defibrillator (AED) machines, and establish a $1,500 scholarship for a special teams player for the Allen High School football team.
Lisa’s son, Connor, is a kicker for the Allen Eagles. While some are giving a flat amount, other donors who pledge to the memorial fund are giving a certain dollar amount for every point Connor scores this season, whether it’s an extra point after a touchdown or a field goal. He’s scored 53 points so far this season, according to Lisa.
“I thought it’d be an interesting and more fun way rather than just clicking on a donate button and just giving $50 or whatever,” Lisa said.
Ever the focused athlete, Connor said it’s hard to have much else on his mind while he’s competing.
“When I'm out there, I'm not really thinking about the charity fund. I'm just focusing on doing my job for the team and connecting on all my kicks,” he said. “I think it's pretty cool that my mom started this fund to help people out and I'm glad that I can be involved just doing what I do best.”
Part of the money donated to the fund will go toward putting in AED machines at new schools or athletic facilities. The idea came after learning that the facility where Scott was playing the day of his death didn’t have a defibrillator.
“I’m not sure if it would have saved his life, but obviously it couldn’t have hurt, I’m sure, if they would have had it there,” Lisa said.
Allen Fire Department Chief Bill Hawley cited an incident just this weekend in Allen where an AED saved the life of a person who went into cardiac arrest at a fitness facility.
“AEDs are true life-savers,” he said. “I encourage all sports-related facilities to have AEDS available for their patrons and staff to use in the event of a medical emergency.”
Though he played soccer as a young boy, Connor was eventually swayed by American football, as so many young men in Texas. The Lamperts’ daughter, Nicole, however, kept the tradition alive from an early age. She started playing soccer at 5 years old and was goalie for eight years for the Sting Soccer Club in Dallas before earning All-State honors for the Allen High School soccer team. She’s now a junior at the University of Arkansas.
As Scott wore number 19 when he played, so do his children when they compete.
“I’m just trying to do right by my guy and help other people,” Lisa said. “Hopefully things like that don’t happen to other people.”
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