CMN: Telethon donations help local student athletes

By Jacque Jovic |

Published 04/16 2014 10:53PM

Updated 04/16 2014 11:19PM

NBC 6 is proud to be your local Children's Miracle Network station.

Your donations now protect thousands of local student athletes.

When those athletes take the field, they have a special teammate sitting on the sidelines.

CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier provides three athletic trainers to care for student athletes, in all sports, at six different high schools. They include Captain Shreve, Haughton, North DeSoto, Parkway, Loyola and Evangel.

"Basically anything can happen.  If the kid bunts right there and he pops it up in his eye, you're going to have at least 15 minutes before an ambulance gets here or anything like that,” says Matt Chappellie, Athletic Trainer for CHRISTUS Health. “We can handle it, take care of them, and kind of get it started ahead of time."

This year the trainers have new tools.

Part of the proceeds from last year’s Children’s Miracle Network Telethon purchased three new, state of the art medical kits and automated external defibrillators, or AED’s.

That eases the minds of parents and coaches alike.

“You always want to have the best that's available for the kids,” says Coach Bo Odom, Head Coach for the North DeSoto baseball team.  “With the telethon raising that kind of money and donating it to the schools, you know we're always in a position to help the kids. That's the main thing. We want to make sure everyone's safe."

With the new AED’S and medical kits, the athletic trainers say when it comes to care for the students, they have all the bases covered.

"It’s definitely given us more comfort so if something does happen, we got it,” added Chappellie. “We don't have to worry ‘where's an AED? Where's something that can make a difference in somebody's life... life or death?’"
Mark your calendar.  The Children's Miracle Network Telethon takes place June 1, 2014 on NBC 6.

Click here to donate or find out more about your local CMN hospital, CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier.

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