With its Sports Medicine Outreach Program, CMH supports local youth by providing a Certified Athletic Trainer, Chad Rankin, to work with the high school and junior high teams in Astoria, Knappa, Warrenton and Seaside. The program recently added a donation to a caregiver’s $6,000 fundraising effort for the Assistance League’s School Activities Scholarship Fund.
The money will go toward providing scholarships at the local middle and high school level for students who would like to participate in extracurricular activities but may be unable to due to lack of funds for fees, gear or other requirements.
Rankin says the most important part of the donation is the kids that it’s going to impact.
“Participation in sports, either at the youth level, high school level or beyond, can be a very valuable tool in helping children learn responsibility, accountability and leadership skills,” Rankin says. “The value of participation and lessons learned extend far beyond a win versus loss statistic, and those values will remain with them their entire lives.”
The Assistance League says it continues to have a growing need for this kind of support in the local community. The organization was pleased to have CMH’s help in increasing student participation, and therefore, improving their overall quality of life.
The initial donation was raised by Randy McClelland, CMH’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, who spends a lot of his free time skateboarding. In January, he competed in the 24-Hour Ultra Skate in Miami, collecting dollar-per-mile pledges from family, friends and coworkers. During the competition, he skated 200 miles in 24 hours.
McClelland likes to say skateboarding is a way to “recycle his energy” into something that benefits the community.
“I appreciate all of the support I received, and I’m so happy to see the money going to help kids become passionate about sports the way I am about skateboarding,” McClelland says. “Sports and extracurricular activities are both fun and a great way to promote healthy lifestyles.”
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