Mercy Health - Cincinnati, the National Football League Foundation and the Cincinnati Bengals Partner to Fund Athletic Trainer at Hughes High School

(CINCINNATI; January 21, 2015) – Mercy Health – Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality care with compassion in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that it has matched a grant from the National Football League Foundation (NFL Foundation) and the Cincinnati Bengals to fund the services of an athletic trainer at Hughes High School, home of the “Big Red,” in the Clifton area of Cincinnati. This is the first year the NFL Foundation has provided this type of grant, called The NFL Club Matching Certified Athletic Trainer Grant.

The NFL Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety of sports, youth football and local communities. The NFL Club Matching Certified Athletic Trainer Grant expands access to athletic trainers at the high school level and supports schools in underserved communities that do not have adequate athletic trainer coverage.

"Having an athletic trainer here allows us to provide quality sports medicine to our athletes, a resource that we, our students and their families appreciate greatly,” said Jolinda Miller, CAA, Athletic Director, Hughes High School. “Because the grant covers the cost of the services the trainer provides, we’re able to expand our sports program to include girls’ soccer, bringing the benefits of team sports to more kids.”

“Athletic trainers are vital and help keep our student athletes safe from injury,” said Denver Stanfield, MD, medical director of community outreach for Mercy Health – Wellington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.
“Mercy Health – Cincinnati provides athletic trainer coverage at our 26 partner schools. We’re pleased to join forces with the NFL Foundation and the Bengals to cover the cost of coverage for the wellbeing of the talented student athletes at Hughes High School.”