Expanded Athletic Services for District 55

District 55 Athletic Director Ed Murray today announced an agreement between the school district and Greenville Health Systems (GHS), whereby GHS will provide athletic training services to Laurens District 55 High School. Murray indicated that, as part of the agreement, some athletic training services will extend to all four middle school athletic programs. “Upon arriving in the district last year, one of the things that I heard from my middle school athletic directors was the need for some access to athletic training services,” said Murray. Under the old system, athletic training services focused strictly on the high school sports program. Murray said this new agreement with GHS represents a significant cost savings to the district and extends services far beyond the former reach of the program.

He indicated that the district is making other provisions to insure that the level of athletic training services provided to District 55 student-athletes will continue to represent the gold standard in the industry.

Ed Murray said that GHS athletic trainers will be on-site beginning immediately. They will provide services throughout the practice period leading up to the start of school on August 17, 2017. Once school starts, athletic trainers will be on hand from 1:00 PM until the end of the sports day for all programs. GHS will continue to support the sports medicine program at Laurens District High School and work with student athletic trainers in the provision of services. Dr. Stephen Peters, LCSD 55 Superintendent, said, “I want to commend Chris Moore (LDHS Principal) and Ed Murray on their management of what could have been a very difficult transition. LDHS has always had one of the best athletic training programs in the state. They made sure that tradition will continue.”