Henry Schein Medical And PFATS Donate New Athletic Training Center To Dallas HS Struck By Tornado


Equipment, Supplies, and Modalities Donated to Help Athletic Trainers Continue to Provide Exceptional Care

Henry Schein Medical’s Athletics and Schools business teamed up with the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) to put together a new, 2023 athletic training center for Thomas Jefferson High School after the campus was devasted in October of 2019 by a EF3 tornado near the Dallas, TX area. The rebuild aid was a direct result of the caring, pay it back decision by TJ alumni, Greg Gaither, Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Dallas Cowboys, and the 2022 Tim Davey Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year, awarded by the Henry Schein Medical’s Athletics and Schools sponsorship, presented by PFATS. The Independent School District high school recipient benefitted student athletes, the athletic training staff and the entire community as it continues to rebuild from the tornado’s impact. Equipment, supplies, and modalities were donated by PFATS, and Henry Schein Medical’s supplier partners CanDo®, Essity, Milliken, Mueller Sports Medicine, and The Athletic Edge in the herculean team effort to contribute products for the new training clinic. The Sports Techie community blog encourages you to watch the video below to help understand the story from the perspective of Gaither’s, TJ’s athletic training department and it’s students as they recovered from the natural disaster destruction to their former facility with the assistance of thoughtful corporate donors that together created a ultra modern training center rivaling a college’s.

On October 20, 2019, an EF3 tornado touched down near Dallas, becoming the costliest tornado event in Texas history. After it devastated his alma mater, Thomas Jefferson High School, Greg Gaither, Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Dallas Cowboys, used his platform as the 2022 Tim Davey Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year to help them rebuild.

Greg Gaither Quotes

“It is a great honor to have been recognized by my peers as the 2022 Tim Davey Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year,” said Mr. Gaither. “Henry Schein plays a big role in our daily work lives, but more importantly, they have a positive impact on our community. I am thankful to Henry Schein – and PFATS – not only for their contribution to Thomas Jefferson High School, but for all of the contributions they have made to schools across the country.”

He added, “As a graduate of Thomas Jefferson, I have a special place in my heart for the school, and after the tornado devastated the school and athletic facilities, I wanted to do my part to give back. Athletic trainers are an integral part to all athletics programs, and it is important to provide the proper tools and supplies to those that work with the next generation of athletes. Thomas Jefferson High School is more than deserving of Henry Schein’s generosity.”

Henry Schein Medical, the U.S. medical business of Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) recently teamed up to help rebuild and enhance the athletic training clinic at Thomas Jefferson High School, part of the Dallas (TX) Independent School District, which was devastated by a tornado in October 2019.

TJ’s Athletic Training Center Is Back

Thomas Jefferson High School reopened in January 2023 with its upgraded athletic training clinic. In addition to its donation, Henry Schein helped design the clinic, procure furniture and exercise equipment, and set up the facility.

Donated sports technology products to the project included compression devices and muscle massagers, helping to furnish the school with the proper equipment needed to provide exceptional care for athletes.

“It is imperative that athletic trainers have appropriate materials and facilities in order to treat their athletes,” said Eric Kearns, National Sales Director, Henry Schein Medical’s Athletics and Schools business. “Athletic trainers play a vital role for the entire student body, and they are essential for every team and school. We are pleased to have partnered with PFATS and Greg Gaither to ensure Thomas Jefferson High School has what they need both on and off the field.”

Tim Davey Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year Award

Henry Schein Medical’s Athletics and Schools business has sponsored the Tim Davey Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year award since 2011. The award recognizes the commitment, dedication, and integrity of one trainer from each of the two conferences in the professional football league.

The 2023 award winners were Marco Zucconi, Associate Athletic Trainer for the Los Angeles Chargers, and Nate Weir, Associate Athletic Trainer and Director of Rehab & Return to Play for the Green Bay Packers.

“At PFATS, our commitment to the promotion and advancement of athletic training aligns with Henry Schein Medical’s continued work in championing the value of athletic trainers,” said Reggie Scott, Past-President, PFATS. “We are delighted to have presented Greg Gaither with the 2022 NFC Tim Davey Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year award, and to have played a part in keeping Thomas Jefferson High School athletes ready for action.” 

For more information about Henry Schein Medical Athletics and Schools and how the Company gives back to the communities it serves including their Rising Star Award, click here.

Sports Techie, more and more natural disasters are occurring as a result of climate change. Super storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires and flooding can all quickly destroy lives, property and every day tasks we too often take for granted. Going to school, sleeping at home and earning a livelihood can be gone in the blink of an eye, and often much longer in time span. When this happens, it’s hard to stay positive but it is the way forward.

When you learn about empathic people like Gaither and how they give back it is truly uplifting.

By activating his 2022 Tim Davey Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year award to help rebuild TJ’s athletic training center with the support of Henry Schein Medical’s Athletics and Schools, PFATS, and the various supporting companies, it is an example of what makes being human a joy in the face of devastation.

Blessings to all life that face natural disasters in the future and past.

In the present, we can together change the course of this kind of history for the better.

Sustainability is what matters.

See you later sportstechie in Seattle, Atlanta and around the world!

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