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Ronnie Chavis, the ...
Ronnie Chavis, the soon-to-be-retired athletics director for the Public Schools of Robeson County, said that Lumberton Senior High for about five years has had some access to athletic trainers, but Fairmont, Purnell Swett, Red Springs, South Robeson and St. Pauls have relied on first responders.
Chavis said he has been in periodic talks with SRMC during the past half decade about providing the services to those five high schools, and received a call recently saying that could happen.
said, while the first responders had done a "good job," athletic trainers are much better equipped to provide first aid and to diagnose medical injuries.
The trainers will also provide stability that hasn't been enjoyed in the past.
said the trainers have agreed to attend football practices and home events in sports where an injury is most likely to occur, and he
specifically mentioned football, basketball, baseball, soccer and wrestling.
But trainers will have the autonomy to work events as they see fit.
While addressing the school board Tuesday night, Chavis
urged its members to accept the agreement, pointing out that this county has been lucky when it comes to injuries on fields of competition in recent years.
But we all know, luck runs out.
Ronnie Chavis | Schools to ...
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The Robesonian - Schools to get athletic trainers
Only Lumberton High School currently has an athletic trainer on a limited part-time basis, Ronnie Chavis, Robeson County's athletics director, told the board.
said that the trainers would be employees of the medical center, which would pay their salaries and benefits.
"Having trainers will help cover our liability as a system," Chavis
told the board.
"Family doctors aren't as well trained to identify and treat athletic injuries as quickly as nationally certified trainers.
Trainers can also help in rehabilitation.
They can get an athlete back on their feet quickly."
said that the Robeson County schools
have been "lucky" over the years.
"We've been luckier than a lot of school systems," he
Cape Fear region continues to battle teen pregnancy
Individual school boards decide what components of the sex education curriculum are taught in county schools, said Ronnie Chavis, head of the sex education program for Robeson County schools.
The school system must also hold public hearings whenever sex education is being considered as part of the curriculum.Hearings must also be held when new material to the curriculum is being considered, he
There are no moves to add contraceptives to Robeson's
sex education curriculum, Chavis
Ronnie Chavis, Durham s ...
Ronnie Chavis, Durham s Catherine Armwood and Fred McDaniel, of Fayetteville, became the newest members of the North Carolina Athletic Director Association s Hall of Fame Tuesday night in Wilmington. | Contributed Photo | HOF ceremonies commence for former county A.D. Chavis | full story
Ronnie Chavis, Durham s Catherine Armwood and Fred McDaniel, of Fayetteville, became the newest members of the North Carolina Athletic Director Association s Hall of Fame Tuesday night in Wilmington. | Contributed Photo
Ronnie Chavis, Durham's Catherine Armwood and Fred McDaniel, of Fayetteville, became the newest members of the North Carolina Athletic Director Association's Hall of Fame Tuesday night in Wilmington. | Contributed Photo
LUMBERTON - Between daily four-mile jogs and playful sessions with his
grandkids, Ronnie Chavis
is enjoying life off the clock.
Outside of a triple bypass he endured last spring, Robeson County's former athletic director says retirement has been uneventful thus far and he relishes having options on how to spend weeknights versus the monotony of fall, winter and spring sports seasons.
"I'm more or less enjoying retirement," said Chavis
, who ended his
reign over area sports in 2011 after 40 years of service.
"I've been able to do a little bit of traveling and spending time with my family has been nice.
It's fun to still go to a few ballgames here and there."
The Pembroke native's offseason schedule has picked up recently and for good reason.
On Tuesday night in Wilmington, Chavis, along with Fayetteville's Fred McDaniel and Catherine Armwood of Durham, became a member of the North Carolina Athletic Director Association's Hall of Fame.
Chavis, a former all-conference standout at Prospect High who later pitched in the College World Series at then-Pembroke State University, joins Asheboro's Donnie Baxter, Lawrence Dunn of Raleigh, Greensboro's Doug Henderson, Lindsey Page of Burlington, Larry Rhodes of Gastonia, Salisbury's Robert Steele and Jim Taylor of Shelby in the 27th group to join the prestigious fraternity.
"When you look at the names of some of those great people across North Carolina, you kind of step back and think, 'I'm just little old Ronnie Chavis
from Prospect High School
"I'm most proud of always trying to put our athletes first and representing Robeson County
to the best of my ability."
The pair of hall of fame inductions coincide with his
exclusive National Athletic Director of the Year award received in 2009.
is responsible for the creation of middle school athletic programs in Robeson County
and helped form the area's first American Legion baseball team.
admits there's less pressure as a retiree.
"In some ways I miss it and other ways I don't," Chavis
"You never think about all the responsibilities you have as a county athletic director while you're doing it, but when you get out, it all kind of hits you."
In recent talks with other retired athletic directors and soon to be hall of famers, Chavis
came to the realization that high school athletics have been heavily altered since his
primary decade overseeing area sports in the 1990s.
Thanks to the social media boom of the 21st century, standouts at rival schools can now interact on a daily basis, college programs have instant access to athletes' personal lives and players get the wrong idea that earning an athletic scholarship is easy.
The wealth of information comes at a price.
"So many things have changed since I started (as county A.D.)," Chavis
Chavis coached multiple varsity sports after his collegiate career including stops at Magnolia and West Robeson and became the first athletic director of the merged Public Schools of Robeson County in 1989.
One of the first items on his
agenda was consolidating the area's high schools from 10 to six.
is credited with helping produce the Robeson County Shootout and Slugfest, two mid-season tournaments that still thrive today and allow Chavis
to contribute when he
"I'm actually going to help out at Swett this year and run the scoreboard," Chavis
Donnie Baxter of Asheboro, Ronnie ...
Donnie Baxter of Asheboro, Ronnie Chavis of Pembroke, Lawrence Dunn of Raleigh, Doug Henderson of Greensboro, Lindsey Page of Burlington, Larry Rhodes of Gastonia, Robert Steele of Salisbury and Jim Taylor of Shelby have been named as the 27th group of inductees to join the prestigious hall.
compiled an impressive record as a coach, primarily in baseball, but is perhaps best known his
role as an outstanding athletic administrator.
A member of the UNC-Pembroke Hall of Fame, Chavis served a four-year term on the NCHSAA Board of Directors and is also a former president of the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association.
has also been recognized nationally with a National Federation of State High School Associations
(NFHS) Citation and was the National Association for Sport and Physical Education
(NASPE) National Athletic Director of the Year in 2009.