South Effingham High School has been officially designated a Safe Sports School by the National Athletic Trainers Association. The Safe Sports School Award recognizes secondary schools around the country that take the crucial steps to keep their athletes free from injuries. It’s one of only two schools in our region and the only public school to earn the distinction.
Optim Athletic Trainer at SEHS is Autumn Parsons, LAT, AT. Autumn applied to NATA for the Safe Sports School status after working closely with Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Jeff Faith to ensure SEHS met and exceeded all requirements for the award.
As a result, SEHS is now a Safe Sports School on the 1st Team level. (1st is awarded to schools that act on all of the recommended and required elements. 2nd Team is granted to schools that have only completed the required elements.)
“We’re very proud of Autumn for her hard work in ensuring South Effingham obtained NATA Safe School Award recognition,” said Ty Butler, Optim’s Director of Sports Medicine. “While South Effingham is the first public school in our area to earn the designation, we have other schools in the process. This is only the beginning but it’s a great start.”
Autumn graduated from South Effingham High School in 2012 and went on to graduate from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.
Pictured Front: Autumn Parsons, LAT, AT, Optim Athletic Trainer at SEHS. Back, left to right: Michael Sundell, Athletic Trainer Graduate Assistant; Ty Butler, Director of Optim Sports Medicine; Jeff Faith, SEHS Assistant Principal/Athletic Director