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Grant will help keep athletic trainers in Central Oregon schools, including Madras and Culver High.

STEELE HAUGEN - Athletic trainer Nicole Porter, left, helps Madras goalie Cheydon Herkshan off the field after a knee injury. The Center Foundation, a Central Oregon nonprofit dedicated to providing sports medicine services to high school students, has been awarded a $100,000 grant to support its high school sports medicine program in Central Oregon's rural communities. 
 The Center Foundation, a Central Oregon nonprofit dedicated to providing sports medicine services to high school students, has been awarded a $100,000 grant to support its high school sports medicine program in Central Oregon's rural communities.

The grant is funded by The Ford Family Foundation, a nonprofit foundation serving the people and communities of Oregon and Siskiyou County, California.

"This support from The Ford Family Foundation will enable us to continue to provide highly trained medical professionals to manage sports injuries and concussions in some of the most underserved areas of Central Oregon," said Sonja Donohue, executive director of The Center Foundation. "We are honored to receive this award, and proud of the work we do to keep youth in these communities safe and healthy."

Funding from the grant will help The Center Foundation support its sports medicine program in Oregon's rural high schools in Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Culver, and Prineville. The Center Foundation provides certified athletic trainers to these high schools to deliver medical services to young athletes at no cost to students or their families. The sports medicine program ensures that students receive immediate and ongoing injury care, concussion baseline testing, onsite concussion evaluation and post-concussion care, referrals to appropriate medical professionals as needed, and injury prevention education. Funding from The Ford Family Foundation will directly benefit more than 2,500 students in these communities annually.

"Athletic trainers in high schools are critical for safe participation in school sports for our students," said Rob Bonner, assistant principal and athletic director at Crook County High School. "Crook County High School students and community have benefited tremendously from the services provided by The Center Foundation over the last 5 years. We are very grateful to The Ford Family Foundation for their support and the opportunity to continue to work with The Center Foundation."


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