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Richmond Times Dispatch (Virginia)


Bon Secours will provide athletic trainers for Richmond Public Schools through the end of the school year after the two sides agreed to continue their previously terminated agreement.

The contract was originally ended by Bon Secours in late August as a "strictly business decision." The health system will provide its original number of trainers — five — to the division after cutting its supply to two after the August termination. The original contract, which began in 2014, between RPS and Bon Secours was for $145,000 per year, or $29,000 per trainer.

RPS Interim Superintendent Tommy Kranz said at the time of the termination that school officials weren't given an opportunity to discuss options for the contract before Bon Secours terminated the deal. RPS began exploring contracts with other athletic trainer providers before ultimately coming back to Bon Secours.

"We appreciate the renewed commitment from Bon Secours to provide athletic training services for our teams," Kranz said. "This partnership is an invaluable benefit to our student athletes and we look forward to continuing this relationship in the future."

Kenita Bowers, spokeswoman for Richmond Public Schools, said the division and Bon Secours would not be commenting beyond a joint statement sent to the Richmond Times-Dispatch announcing the renewed agreement.

Athletic trainers help prevent and treat sports-related injuries. At Richmond schools, they work with coaches for sports teams and are not limited to one sport.

Bon Secours provides athletic trainers to a number of other area school districts and organizations, including the Richmond Kickers and the University of Richmond. It has two sports medicine offices in the area — one in Midlothian and the other at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. The company advertises service to 13 high schools on its website.

"Superintendent Kranz and I had a collaborative discussion about how to best meet the needs of Richmond Public School's athletic programs through our athletic training partnership," said Toni Ardabell, the CEO of Bon Secours Virginia. "I have given him our commitment that Bon Secours will provide athletic trainers through the end of the 2017-2018 school year, and that going forward, we will continue to work collaboratively to review contracts for future years to find a long-term solution that benefits our respective organizations." 649-6012Twitter: @jmattingly306

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