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Pitt Co high schools named safest in NC for athletes

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Student athletes in Pitt County are safer than any other high school athletes in the state.

That's according to the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).

All six high schools received a "Safe Sports School Award,” and they're the only high schools in the state to win the award.

Pitt County officials say a partnership with East Carolina University allowing students studying to be athletic trainers to work directly with the schools helped the district win the award.

"We are honored that our six high schools have received this recognition from the National Athletic Trainers Association," Pitt County Schools Athletic Coordinator Ron Butler said. "Through our partnership with ECU, Orthopedics East, and other local health care agencies, we remain committed to keeping our student-athletes safe during physical education classes, team practices, and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship, and good health. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players.

According to NATA, as many as 100 secondary school athletes die per year. NATA developed the award to reinforce the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.

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