The Rising Sun Regional Foundation awarded approximately $15,000 in grants to Dearborn County Hospital and Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine for their athletic trainer programs in three local school corporations. Grant money was used to purchase rehabilitation and first responder equipment for the athletic training programs of Rising Sun, Milan, and South Ripley schools.
“Each school corporation received similar equipment to improve the care, safety and service that the athletic trainers provide to injured student athletes,” stated Ed Brush, M.S.P.T./A.T.C., DCH Director of Rehabilitation Services. “We want to thank the Rising Sun Regional Foundation for donating approximately $5,000 each for the three school systems for the purchase of needed emergency, first aid and rehabilitation supplies/equipment for their athletic training programs.”
Dr. David Argo of Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine continued, “We are grateful for the Rising Sun Community Foundation’s generous funding to provide more of the equipment needed to give the best possible care to each of our student athletes at Rising Sun Schools. This donation paired with our onsite athletic trainers gives our athletes the best chances of a full recovery and a healthy return to their favorite sports.”
As a service to the area’s student athletes, Dearborn County Hospital Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine and Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine began providing athletic training and medical director services free of charge to the Milan, Rising Sun, and South Ripley school systems more than a year ago.
A ceremony recognizing the Rising Sun Regional Foundation’s grant for the Milan program was held during half-time at the Milan Indians/Lawrenceburg Tigers football game on September 1 at Milan High School. Attending the ceremony were Mr. Brush; Robbie Kippler, A.T.C./L., DCH Athletic Trainer for Milan Schools; John Prifogle, Milan High School Athletic Director; Jane Rogers, Milan Community Schools Superintendent; Robert Rolf, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon and Co-Director of Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine; and Jerry Smith, Rising Sun Regional Foundation President.
The Rising Sun Regional Foundation benefits residents of Ohio and Ripley Counties and the City of Aurora. Based on a percentage of its revenue, the Rising Star Casino & Resort makes monthly contributions to the foundation.