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Denver Nuggets select athletic training programs in District for excellence awards

Nuggets presentation

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.

March 31, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Athletics and Activities, District

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On February 9 the PACE Center hosted Portfolio Day for students like Sladovnik. It was an opportunity for critiques from working professional artists, and workshops. It culminates in the "Bright Futures" art exhibit - a showcase of selected work on display February 16-27.

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”