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At TS3 FOUNDATION we’re raising funds and promoting initiatives to serve the people who need them most. We believe in taking action with urgency in order to raise public awareness about sickle cell trait issues facing today’s society. Please join us by supporting our efforts to make a measurable difference in the lives of others.

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A Bit of Background

Here at TS3 FOUNDATION, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all. Our decision making process is informed by comprehensive empirical studies and high quality data evaluation. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact with all of our pursuits.

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What is Sickle Cell Trait?

Sickle cell trait occurs when a person inherits a sickle cell gene from just one parent. It's not the same as sickle cell disease, in which a person inherits two sickle cell genes, one from each parent.


People with sickle cell disease have just one kind of hemoglobin (hemoglobin S), which turns their normal, round red blood cells into abnormally curved (sickle) shapes. But people with sickle cell trait have both normal hemoglobin (hemoglobin A) and hemoglobin S, so they rarely have symptoms of sickle cell disease. But they are carriers and can pass the sickle cell gene to their children.

The family of Troy Russell Shoate III established the TS3 Foundation with the primary goal of celebrating Troy's life and honoring his legacy through creating awareness of the sickle cell trait condition and thalassemia, a blood disorder. The TS3 Foundation aims to enlighten parents, young athletes, coaches, trainers, athletic associations and educational institutions nationwide. In coping with the loss of their youngest son, Renee and Troy R. Shoate Jr. (parents), desire to do their all to save other families from experiencing their same pain and loss.

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Sickle Cell Trait- Exertional Sickling in Athletes:

Complications include muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis), reduced blood supply to the spleen (ischemia/infarction), or increased pressure in the eye (glaucoma) following eye injuries. Finally, a very rare form of kidney cancer (renal medullary carcinoma) has been associated with sickle cell trait. Source:

To prevent illness it is important to:

  • Set your own pace and build your intensity slowly.

  • Rest often in between repetitive sets and drills.

  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after training and conditioning activities.

  • Keep the body temperature cool when exercising in hot and humid temperatures by misting the body with water or going to an air conditioned area during breaks or rest periods.

  • Immediately seek medical care when feeling ill.

SCT AND THE ATHLETE                                                                  

Some people with SCT have been shown to be more likely than those without SCT to experience heat stroke and muscle breakdown when doing intense exercise, such as competitive sports or military training under unfavorable temperatures( very high or low) or conditions. Studies have shown that the chance of this problem can be reduced by avoiding dehydration and getting too hot during training. People with SCT who participate in competitive or team sports (i.e. student athletes) should be careful when doing training or conditioning activities.


Pro Football Player Troy Shoate III

Troy Shoate III played professional football. But not in the United States, in Finland! After graduating from Divison II Southwestern Oklahoma University in 2014, the 5’9″, 180 pounder joined the

Kouvola Indians in the Vaahteraliiga league. 

Troy Shoate III

"The only predictable thing about

life is it's unpredictability."

1991 to 2017 R.I.P.

Known as a genuinely good person and true friend, Tre’ impacted many lives on and off the field.  All of his friends and teammates felt his pure, positive energy and remarked on his thoughtful and caring nature.  Tre’s character was a testament of his strong and ever growing faith.  Shaped by God and nurtured through good parenting, Tre’ engaged in social political activities and served his community.  All the while, Tre’ lived life accepting life’s challenges. With spiritual conviction, Tre’ knew God was greater than any person or challenge, even death.


Before he passed, Tre’ had a timely talk about “Getting yourself together for when it is your time to leave.”  A truly remarkable, one of a kind young man, Troy Russell Shoate III (Tre’) gained his wings on April 3, 2017.  He  lived life well and leaves the TS3 Foundation with a favorite, telling quote.

The Heart of A Champion

Troy Russell Shoate III, called Tre by family and friends, was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on March 28, 1991 was the younger brother to Brandon and Mica Shoate.  Tre’ demonstrated multi-talented skills, playing the violin, drums, basketball, ran summer league Amateur Athletic Union  (AAU) and USA Track and Field (USATF).  Tre’ was introduced to football in middle school which became his passion and career.


As a result, of his academic and athletic achievements at Owasso High School in Owasso, Oklahoma; Tre’ was awarded scholarships to attend Ouachita Baptist University and later transferred to Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) where he was a member of the SWOSU Bulldogs football team.  In 2015, Tre’ graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Science.  Upon graduation, Tre’ traveled to Kouvola, Finland and began his career as a professional Euro football player for the Kouvola Indians  Upon returning to the United States (USA) Tre’ move to Dallas, Tx to start his corporate career and continue his professional Euro football Career.

"Gifted is how you start, accountability is how you finish."

Water: An essential element to your health

H20 - two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. This substance also known as water, is one of the most essential elements to health and is so important that your body actually has a specific drought management system in place to prevent dehydration and ensure your survival. Water might be everywhere, but one must never take it for granted.

SCT Signs and Symptoms

Most people with sickle cell trait have no symptoms and will not have any health complications. Occasionally people with sickle cell trait can have blood in their urine. Under extreme conditions such as high altitude, severe dehydration, or very high intensity physical activity, red cells can become deformed or sickled.


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