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Gift to Fund New Equipment for
UW-Eau Claire Athletic Training Facility

 MAILED:  Nov. 7, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — Chippewa Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and the OakLeaf Surgical Hospital have made a gift of $50,000 through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation for the purchase of treatment and rehabilitation equipment to be used in UW-Eau Claire’s newly renovated athletic training facility.

University funds paid for the renovations to the facility in the McPhee Physical Education Center, which included increasing the size of the treatment and rehabilitation areas and creating a separate, more private evaluation room, said Jeff Oliphant, assistant professor of kinesiology and athletics and director of the university’s athletic training education program. Now, the gift is allowing the university to adequately equip the space, he said.

“We’re going to be able to purchase some equipment we really couldn’t otherwise afford, and that’s going to have a very important impact on the education of our athletic training students, as well as on the quality of care our student athletes receive,” Oliphant said.

Physicians in the OakLeaf Medical Network, which serves OakLeaf Surgical Hospital, recognize the importance of athletic training in the care and treatment of athletes, said John Drawbert, a member of the network.

“With this gift, we recognize and support the athletic training education program at UW-Eau Claire and its mission to educate the licensed athletic trainers of tomorrow,” Drawbert said.

The gift is an example of how private dollars are helping many programs at UW-Eau Claire during its ongoing comprehensive fund-raising campaign, Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, said Carole Halberg, UW-Eau Claire Foundation president. This gift is recognized as a contribution to the campaign, which so far has raised $27 million toward its goal of $35 million in private support for the university by July 2005.

“In this case, university funding was supplemented by private dollars to create a top-notch facility for the students in our athletic training education program and our student athletes,” Halberg said. “Through vital partnerships like this one, the university is able to make important advances where necessary to ensure that we’re providing the best education possible for our students.”

The newly renovated athletic training facility has been named the Chippewa Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Athletic Training and Treatment Center in recognition of Drawbert, an orthopedic surgeon at Chippewa Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

Drawbert has been the volunteer team physician for all UW-Eau Claire athletic teams since 1986. He also has directed the high school sports medicine outreach program, which enables UW-Eau Claire graduate students who are certified athletic trainers to provide athletic training services for area high school sports programs. The program also gives undergraduate athletic training students hands-on experience as assistants to the certified athletic trainers.

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Updated: November 7, 2003