University Hospitals to Provide Full-time Athletic Training at No Cost to Nordonia Schools

It is said every dark cloud has a silver lining. When Summa Health terminated a naming-rights contract with the Nordonia Schools, the district began looking for new partners. While a corporate sponsor for naming rights has not yet been found, the district has found a silver lining with its Athletic Training provider. 

University Hospitals (UH) has committed to providing Nordonia High School with free, full-time athletic training for all high school sports. This is a service the district had been paying Cleveland Clinic (the Clinic) nearly $10,000 per year to provide for the last 15+ years. As part of the commitment, UH has also agreed to pay the district $10,000 annually for advertising at our facilities. Switching to UH from the Clinic is a net gain of nearly $20,000 annually for the schools. 

More importantly, the district will be maintaining a high level of professionalism and quality care to keep student-athletes safe and healthy. The UH Sports Medicine program spans from serving as the Official Health Care Provider of the Cleveland Browns to the sidelines of over 50 colleges, high schools and youth organizations across northeast Ohio. 

Over the duration of its relationship, the Clinic had assigned trainer Jeff Kime to Nordonia High School. “Trainer Jeff” is an exceptional trainer and has become a part of the Nordonia family. For this reason, at the district’s request, UH has committed to offering Mr. Kime a job with them to continue as Nordonia’s trainer. This decision will ultimately be up to Mr. Kime based on his negotiations with UH. Parents and athletes may see different trainers during this transition and negotiation. 

The Nordonia Schools are excited about this new partnership for athletic training and will continue to search for potential partners for naming rights to the athletic facilities.

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