Levy County schools will have athletic trainers from the University of Florida on their campuses for practices and games starting this school year. Activity fees and a percentage of gate revenue will fund the program.
The district is implementing a $50 fee for students playing sports – including cheerleading – or participating in band, starting this month. The remainder of the funding will come from a portion of ticket revenue.
Matt McLelland, the new director of administration for the School Board of Levy County, reported at the budget meeting Monday (July 31, 2017) that the district is looking at collecting $1 from every sports event ticket sold to help fund the athletic trainer program. Schools can raise their ticket prices to offset costs. Students who play multiple sports will only have to pay the fee one time, so they won’t experience an additional hardship.
The activity fee invoice states that, "a UF trainer will be on site to assist in medical situations and serve as a go-between for your student and UF orthopedics. The trainer can also diagnose many issues such as concussions, heat exhaustion and sprained or torn ligaments. Trainers will also assist with rehabilitation necessary due to an injury in sports, cheer or band."
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