Westwood named a Safe Sport School by national organization

WEST ISHPEMING — When it comes to kids and playing sports, safety is of the utmost importance. Westwood High School was recently named a Safe Sport School by The National Athletic Training Association.

In order to be recognized as a Safe Sport School, Certified Athletic Trainer Holly Boburka submitted the application on behalf of the school district. The rigorous application process requires schools to demonstrate how they create a positive health care system as well as an Emergency Action Plan for their athletes.

“We needed more than just an Emergency Action Plan, but we need a very specific one put in place for all of our facilities even our off-campus sites,” said Boburka. “We also needed to show that we do education for not only the parents but also for the athletes and the staff.”

After turning in the application earlier this year, Westwood received word about being named a Safe Sport School prior to the first day of school.

“It shows that, especially up here in the U.P., a small school that we can sustain and work with the national standards that our country and our national organization have put out. We’re not just a place up here in the woods, but we are making sure our athletes are safe and healthy.”

The Safe Sports School banner the district received can be found in the high school gym.