NFL Donation by L.A. Chargers and L.A. Rams makes huge impact for local schools
“This donation will make a huge impact to provide full-time and part-time certified athletic trainers to underserved high schools in the Los Angeles region.” – Dr. Keith Feder, Founder of West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation and Medical Director of our West Coast Center for Orthopedic Surgery expressed gratitude and exhilaration over a two year financial commitment by the NFL Foundation’s Athletic Trainer Grant Program to our own Foundation and Team HEAL.
The two local NFL teams committed to a two year donation of $ 100,000 to provide full-time and part time certified trainers and resources to underserved high schools in the Los Angeles region. In addition the NFL Foundation will contribute a matching NFL donation of $ 100,000 in support of the initiative.
The check was presented by Dr. Clarence Shields, Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon at Cedars-Sinai and Team Heal Founder, along with our very own Dr. Keith Feder, Medical Director of the West Coast Center for Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine and Founder of West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation. Said Dr. Feder: “We are so proud to have been able to offer our summer mentoring program for over 20 years now to help students learn about becoming an athletic trainer.”
Athletic Trainers from Chargers and Rams share their experience
Prior to the check presentation, Chargers and Rams’ Head Athletic Trainers and former players from each team spoke to local students at the packed cafeteria at Mira Costa High School. Each speaker shared career experiences, discussed the various roles and positions of an athletic training staff, and the importance of athletic training and fitness in both sports and life.
Chargers Head Athletic Trainer Damon Mitchell and Rams Head Athletic Trainer Reggie Scott were in attendance to celebrate the NFL donation as well as Team HEAL Founder & Director Clarence Shields, M.D.
What this NFL donation really means to the region showed the coverage in the media. The Daily Breeze reported that the “West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation, a Manhattan Beach research and education foundation, supports 23 schools — which serve around 13,000 students athletes — in Long Beach, Compton, Carson, Lawndale, Torrance, Hawthorne and elsewhere in the region”.
Team Heal, a Los Angeles-based foundation, serves around 2,500 student-athletes at Banning, Dorsey, Carson, Crenshaw, and Westchester high schools. The NFL donation will surely be a major milestone in helping to develop more quality athletic trainers in all of Southern California.