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PFATS members Steve 'Greek' Antonopulos, Vince Garcia present Denver West with athletic training supplies grant


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — On behalf of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society, Broncos Director of Sports Medicine Steve "Greek" Antonopulos and Head Athletic Trainer Vince Garcia presented Denver West High School with a $2,000 check for athletic training supplies on Monday at UCHealth Training Center.

Denver was one of four cities where local high schools were given a grant to improve the quality of athletic training care.

Helen Latham, an athletic trainer at Denver West, represented the school on Monday and expressed her gratitude for what the funds will do for the students at her school.

"Most high schools don't have a very big budget, and I've been working with what I have and what's available to me," Latham said. "This is going to help a lot for the kids and [for us] being able to provide medical care to them that's better than, 'You have Band-Aids at home.' And that's a lot of what we have to do at the high school level, because we don't have a big budget. This will go a long way for them."

Antonopulos, who has long been involved with PFATS, knows the impact this sort of gift can have on Denver West.

"The National Football League and the Denver Broncos are very involved in youth football," Antonopulos said. "It's exciting from an athletic training standpoint, because the health and welfare of our athletes is our primary consideration today in everything we do. Especially in this case, honoring a high school athletic trainer. She's done a lot with a little."

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