KORT collects $820 for WC athletics

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By John Overby

Last week, KORT Springfield hosted sports physicals for Washington County student-athletes at Washington County High School.  

While Laura Bandy, the clinic’s director, refrained from calling the event a fundraiser, she did note that it was “kind of a way for us to give back to the community.”

Students were charged $10 for the physical, with all of the costs going back to each student’s team booster. In all, KORT was able to collect $820 for WC sports, with football, band and volleyball being the most well-represented squads.

Students from each school in the Washington County district were eligible for the physical.

While the cost of a such a checkup varies for each person’s insurance, one mother with multiple children expressed that co-pays for sports physicals would have cost her family $40 each, according to Bandy.

“This is just a way to help give back to the schools while helping out some parents in the process,” Bandy said.

This was the first time an event such as this has been sponsored by the Springfield KORT location, which opened a little over a year ago.

But Bandy believes it will not be the last.

“This will likely be a once-a-year thing unless there’s enough interest for more,” Bandy said. “It went great, and we were very pleased with the turnout.”

However, if the number of participants increased in future years, Bandy did note that there would need to be more than the three nurse practitioners — Ashley Spalding, Monica Strenecky and Laura McCain — that were at this year’s event.

Bandy also mentioned Kelsey Marburger, WCHS’ athletic trainer, and Tina Sagrecy as key contributors for the success of their first event.

“Everything went very smoothly for us, and they were a big help with the coordination of that,” Bandy said.