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Eastchester High School Receives National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award

Congratulations to Eastchester High School, the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School award. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that have met the recommended standards to improve safety in sports. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.

EHS Certified Athletic Trainer and Sports Safety Specialist Patrick Kilcarr worked tirelessly over the past three years to implement change and improve safety standards.

"Your work is a tremendous accomplishment and testament for your care and attention to the safety of all of our student-athletes,” said Athletics Director Thomas Lehman. “We are lucky to have you in Eastchester and I am glad I was able to help support you so that our district could achieve this status."

Some of the highlights of Kilcarr’s work include:

  • Working with the EHS Athletics Department to create an Emergency Action Plan to protect athletes at all venues where they compete.
  • Continuing positive relationships and communication with the current healthcare team of school nurses and the Chief Medical Director.
  • Building a robust referral network of diverse physicians to ensure student-athletes receive quality care in a timely manner.
  • Upgrading the size and functionality of the Athletic Training Facility to meet the needs of student-athletes.
  • Working collaboratively with Strength and Conditioning Coach Shane O’Connor with injury prevention and conditioning.
  • Creating a line of communication with the Emergency Department at New York-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital.  
  • Providing student-athletes and families with vital information for prevention and care for injuries.

Eastchester High School is one of only six Section 1 schools that are NATA Award recipients. 

Kilcarr completed an in-depth questionnaire that assesses adherence to best practice standards and recommendations. For more information about the Safe Sports School Award, please visit