Crenshaw students pose with their coaches as a part of Team HEAL’s Golf Club.
Photo courtesy of Team HEAL
Over the years, The Team HEAL Program has expanded its mission to encompass accredited sports medicine classes, career awareness and academic achievement as well as athletic accomplishments.
In the early 1990s, Dr. Clarence Shields became painfully aware of the increasing occurrences of the tragic loss of lives of young high school athletes due to undiagnosed heart conditions. These overwhelming statistics prompted Dr. Shields to volunteer his services as a team doctor to local inner-city high schools.
Shields observed the types of injuries that were occurring, the frequency of these injuries, the contributing physical conditions of these student athletes, and their academic performance. After performing several medical treatments for students free of charge, Dr. Shields decided something more must be done for these unprotected student-athletes. His mission became clear.
He needed to create a program that could bring comprehensive injury prevention, medical care, athletic training, healthcare awareness, mentoring and academic support to high school athletes in underserved Los Angeles area communities. Each participating school would need a fully equipped Athletic Training Room and a full-time Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs). Thus, the Team HEAL (Helping Enrich Athletes Lives) Foundation was born.
Over the years, The Team HEAL Program has expanded its mission to encompass accredited sports medicine classes, career awareness with respect to allied health professions and college scholarships to encourage these student athletes to focus on academic achievement as well as their athletic accomplishments. The success of Team Heal is reflected in the lives saved, the athletic accomplishments, and academic achievements of these student athletes. Over the years, Team HEAL has provided over $2.75 million dollars in services, resources, and scholarships to support student-athletes at Crenshaw, Manual Arts, Banning and Carson High Schools. In 2012, Westchester High School joined The Team HEAL Family and most recently Dorsey High School.
Team HEAL offers over 500 students per year annual pre-participation comprehensive physicals examinations free of charge. Life-saving diagnosis have detected students having hypertropic cardiomyopathy (a heart ailment causing “sudden death syndrome” and a major cause of death among young athletes); irregular heartbeats; and high blood pressure.
Team HEAL Foundation is a 501 © (3) Non-Profit organization and to find out more about them, please visit www.teamheal.org.