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NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Sports Medicine Program Helps Spur on the Pursuit of Healthcare Careers; 10 Scholarships Awarded to Local High School Athletes

Mineola, NY — For the sixth consecutive year, NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Sports Medicine Program spread the wealth among aspiring Long Island students, awarding scholarships to high school seniors who planned to pursue college programs in healthcare or related fields. Ten scholarships were awarded in total, each for $500, with the annual scholarship program intended to help promote and inspire the next generation of healthcare providers. The scholarships involved 10 high schools that are among those that NYU Winthrop partners with in providing Athletic Trainers to the schools’ sports teams. The Sports Medicine scholarship committee asked potential recipients to explain, via essay, how athletics played an important part in their goals for future contributions in healthcare. Potential receipients were also required to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

"While our mission is to help with the training and safety of Long Island student-athletes, NYU Winthrop also believes it important to give back to the community by honoring those who will pursue careers in the field of medicine or a related profession," said Stephen Wirth, PT, Administrative Director of Sports Medicine at NYU Winthrop. "We hope to expand this scholarship program even more as our Athletic Trainer program continues to grow across the breadth of Long Island."

The high school recipients were as follows:

T. Clarke High School in East Meadow— Nicole Zappala
Division Avenue High School in Levittown — Brooke Gambino
East Meadow High School — Sara Polansky
Garden City High School — Steven Spirakis
Hempstead High School — Ayanna Higgins
Herricks High School in New Hyde Park—Natalie Reisman
Island Trees High School in Levittown — Tara Donahue
MacArthur High School in Levittown — Ashley Budrewicz
Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School—Erica Silver
Westbury High School—Nedeva Coq
NYU Winthrop has the largest hospital-based athletic training program on Long Island. Athletic Trainer services include community outreach on injury prevention and concussion clinics, health promotion, hydration and nutrition advice, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injury and illness, therapeutic intervention and more. The NYU Winthrop Hospital Sports Medicine program provides orthopedic diagnoses, treatment and rehabilitation for a wide range of injuries to help get athletes back on the field safely and quickly. The program is renowned for the expertise and exceptional skill of its professionals, with the program open to patients of all ages from young students to senior athletes.

To learn more about the athletic training program and future scholarship opportunities, please call NYU Winthrop Sports Medicine at 516-663-1054 or visit our Sports Medicine page.

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