Local HS Nationally Recognized for Athletic Programs

Local HS Nationally Recognized for Athletic Programs

One local school is being recognized nationally when it comes to athletics. WHAG’s Shayna Halper has more.

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - Urbana High School is the only public school in the state of Maryland to receive the 2013 Safe Sports School Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association.

"It's not recognition of a single event or person; this is about an entire system, an entire program that's centered on safety. So all of our trainers, all of our coaches and staff at Frederick County Public Schools are focused on the safety of the students, and that's what this award is about,” said Frederick County Public School Director of Communication Michael Doerrer. 

With the title Urbana is not only a leader in student-athlete safety in the county, but WHAG’s entire four-state coverage area. 

"Urbana can now share some of their best practices and what they've been doing, not just to earn this award, but the level they've been able to achieve with student safety with athletes. We intend to share that with all with of our high schools,” said Frederick County Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Steve Lockard. 

FCPS most recent budget allotted $2.3m towards its athletic programs, including funding for athletic training and other athletic department needs to ensure safety.

"We’re talking about things like excellence in injury prevention programs in place, talking about things like making sure our practices and equipment and facilities are safe, having good healthcare in place for our student athletes. Basically an entire program centered on making sure our student-athletes are as safe as possible,” said Doerrer.

For more information just head to the National Athletic Trainers Association.

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