Denver Nuggets select athletic training programs in District for excellence awards
DENVER – It was not just Ty Lawson and Jameer Nelson that got cheers at the Pepsi Center on March 25. Two Douglas County School District athletic trainers were called out to center court to be honored by the team for their dedication to DCSD sports programs.
During pre-game of the Denver Nuggets vs. the Philadelphia game on March 25, the Nuggets recognized David Whitelock (ThunderRidge High School) and Ryan Fonkert (Douglas County High School). Each school's Athletic Training department will receive $2,000 to help support high school athletic training programs including training room improvements, supplies and student training. In addition, each training department will receive an Automated External Defibrillator.
The honors are part of The Excellence in High School Athletic Training awards program, founded by Jim Gillen, former Head Athletic Trainer for the Denver Nuggets.
"There is a great need for Certified Athletic Trainers in our high schools,” said Gillen. “For the past twelve years, we have helped Colorado and Wyoming High Schools, provide excellent care to their athletes and also educate students who want to pursue a career in athletic training.”
Since the Awards began, more than $54,000 has been awarded to 29 high schools throughout Colorado and Wyoming to aid their athletic training programs. Program sponsors include National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association, Centennial Sales, Gold Crown Foundation, and Kroenke Sports Charities.