Southeast Gas recently joined the Coach Safely Foundation as a partner in the statewide effort to address public concerns about sports injuries for younger athletes (14 and younger).
The Southeast Gas Board of Directors, representing 14 cities in the southeast region of Alabama, embraced the Coach Safely program, which provides an educational course for local volunteer coaches at no cost to the volunteer coaches or the municipalities. The course, which was developed by the Andrews Research and Education Foundation, led by renowned sports medicine pioneer and surgeon Dr. James R. Andrews, covers topics such as concussions, heat and exertion illness, trauma and overuse, sudden cardiac arrest and emergency action plans.
“Under the new Coach Safely Act, which passed into law in May 2018, municipalities must provide a no-cost course in youth sports injury recognition and prevention for every volunteer coach of children aged 14 and under,” said Southeast Gas Board Chair and Troy Mayor Jason Reeves. The Southeast Gas Board saw an opportunity to partner with municipalities across the state to raise awareness of youth athletic safety and at the same time provide no-cost training for our local rec league coaches to enhance the overall youth athletic experience. “As a mayor, and a father of athletes myself, I am proud to be a part of this initiative that provides safety education for the coaches and other people involved in our youth sports programs,” said Reeves.
To date, 34 cities have joined the Coach Safely education program to provide educational resources for their volunteer coaches. Current Southeast Gas owner cities that are participating in the program include: Andalusia, Dothan, Enterprise, Eufaula, Greenville, Ozark and Troy. In addition, Coach Safely is providing the course to Alabama Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball coaches across the state.