Student athletic training aides congregate, compete for trophy
These are the students who volunteer on the field and in the training rooms at DCSD high schools.
“These kids put in 500-600 volunteer hours, helping to take care of the athletes during their practices and games,” said ThunderRidge High School Athletic Trainer David Whitelock.
Whitelock recently coordinated an event to recognize and reward students who spend countless hours supporting athletic teams throughout Douglas County. As a result, The First Annual Athletic Training Student Aide Symposium and Challenge was held on February 10 at ThunderRidge High School.
The event gave training assistants an opportunity to step out from the sidelines and participate in an evening of competition and camaraderie. Students competed for points in both practical and skill-based competitions.
Participants formed teams and tackled a taping competition, a Jeopardy-themed game, and an Athletic Trainer Scramble that tested their range of knowledge. Points were awarded for each challenge, and the team with the highest grand total was awarded the Championship Trophy.
“The Jeopardy component of the competition seemed to provide the most entertainment of the evening,” commented Whitelock. “Students were poised with a variety of noise makers waiting for a chance to "ring in" their answers.”
Castle View High School (CVHS) prevailed and took home the Championship Trophy to keep on display until next year’s competition. Pictured above with the trophy are (left to right) CVHS students Bailey Geist, Ashley Hack, CVHS Athletic Trainer Tom Bradley and CVHS student Chris Blacker.
“This event is really all about the students,” Whitelock said. My hopes are that this event continues to grow, not just within our district but into other school districts in the state as well.”
Sponsors for the event included the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and Dr. Michael Fuller, D.O. on behalf of the Center for Orthopedics.