Jill Sleight Receives Distinguished Service Award

Jill Sleight, our very own Executive Director and Co Founder of West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation (WCSMF) received a huge honor this week. She was presented with the CIF Southern Section or (CIFSS) Distinguished Service Award. The distinguished award was presented by Rob Wigod, CIF Southern Section Commissioner of Athletics.

This award is intended to honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the CCS and CIF over a period of years in the area of interscholastic athletics. Jill Sleight has and continues to be a pillar of our athletic and scholastic community in Southern California.

1994 Jill co-founded the West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation for which she is serving as the Executive Director today. She also created the Team To Win program, and is a strong advocate for Certified Athletic Trainers in our high schools.

Jill Sleight created the Sports Medicine Mentoring program, which provides internships for students interested in athletic training and sports medicine, along with scholarships for students pursuing careers in sports medicine. She is also a past member of the National Federation of High Schools Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, and a member of the CIF State Sports Medicine Advisory Committee

Non Profit to create opportunities for at risk students

The West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation is a non-profit, 501(C) 3 charitable organization. Its key work entails research and education to provide AT RISK high school students with the opportunity to participate in interscholastic sports, reduce, mitigate and provide treatment for musculoskeletal, spinal and brain related injuries through proper, recognition of the type of injuries, the severity of injuries and proactive athletic training, promote fitness, reduce the prevalence of obesity. The program operates at no cost to schools and student athletes that participate in the Team to Win program.

 WCSMF Mission Statement:
At a time when many of this country’s high school students are at risk from the negative influences of society, high school sports provide a valuable model for social interaction and team building. The West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation – Team to Win program is more important today than ever before. Higher absentee rates, gun violence, obesity and less money for after school programs, in addition to many families having lost their health insurance or the rise of cost of insurance, we feel the WCSMF Team to Win program is even that more critical today, to the students of Team to Win.
The WCSMF is multifaceted and includes many programs:
  • Team to Win high school outreach program.
  • Fellowship Program (Orthopedic and Sports Medicine).
  • Mentoring Educational Sports Medicine Program.
  • Peer Reviewed Research and Publications.
  • College Scholarship Program, Scholar Athlete Program.
  • Injury Tracking and Surveillance Study.
  • Sports Medicine Internship program.

Our FREE Programs & How We Help:

WCSMF-Team To Win hopes to continue to confront the racial, socio economic, and health disparities that affect our youth by providing a space where health equity is achieved. We believe that every person has the opportunity to “attain his or her full health potential” and no one is “disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances”. This is achieved through our FREE programs such as:

  • Team to Win high school Outreach program
  • Free Sports medicine injury clinic
  • Free Concussion / Brain injury clinic
  • Onsite certified athletic trainers
  • Sports medicine coverage for major sporting events
  • Fellowship Physician Program (Orthopedic and Sports Medicine)
  • Free Mentoring education sports medicine program for high school students
  • Peer reviewed research and education publications
  • College scholarship program
  • Injury Tracking and Surveillance Study
  • Sports Medicine internship program

Our Communities:

Our organization currently serves 13,000 high school student athletes located throughout Los Angeles County where 61% of high school students qualify for free or reduced lunch, indicating a high percentage of student-poverty levels by the California Dept. of Education. In 2019, less than half of LAUSD’s graduating class were eligible for the state’s public universities, signifying a need to invest in our BIPOC communities, especially as about 4 out of 5 LAUSD students are minorities from low-income families – many are first-generation college goers.

We are lucky to have Jill on our team. CONGRATULATIONS and thank you for all you do, Jill!


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