Nov 21, 2016Outpouring of Support
Over the course of 24 hours in late June, thunderstorms dumped 10 inches of torrential rain across West Virginia, resulting in catastrophic flooding. Herbert Hoover High School, Clay County High School, and Richwood High School were each hit hard, and all of their athletic training supplies and equipment were destroyed.
That didn’t sit well with Steve Lough, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer and Athletic Director at nearby Ripley (W.Va.) High School. “Stephanie [Clark, MS, ATC, Athletic Trainer at Herbert Hoover] called and told me her program had lost everything,” says Lough, winner of the 2012 West Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (WVATA) Athletic Trainer of the Year award, which acknowledges community service. “I knew the athletic training community needed to do something.”
Lough got on the phone and started asking for help. He was able to secure equipment donations from local medical centers, including a training table, coolers, gloves, and other materials. These were distributed to the Herbert Hoover, Clay County, and Richwood athletic training programs.
We were able to give the $500 directly to the athletic trainers to use as they saw fit… I wanted to help them replace their own special supplies that were lost. These more personal things are what you miss the most.””