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Festival Queen contestant puts focus on sports-related injuries

Haley Revere and Allison Duke

Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen contestant Haley Revere and her Little Miss Spat contestant Allison Duke decided together their community service project would be to raise “Awareness of Concussions and Sports Related Injuries throughout Middlesex County.”

“During my high school athletic career, I have witnessed many injuries, suffered a sprained ankle and a concussion,” said Haley. “For our project, it was very important to us to bring awareness of concussions and sports related injuries and to help supply proper medical equipment to help better treat unpreventable injuries and ensure the safety of our fellow athletes.”

After discussing the project with MHS Athletic Director Matt Stamm, Haley and Allison decided they wanted to raise money to purchase large sports team medical bags for each contact sport at Middlesex High School. Each sports team medical bag costs approximately $100 and contains over 300 medical supplies.

Haley and Allison started their project by holding an informative seminar on concussions and sports related injuries on June 3 at Middlesex High School. Their two keynote speakers were Dr. David Cifu, head of physical medicine and rehabilitation at VCU Medical Center the VA hospital in Richmond, and athletic trainer Tina Vickers. Dr. Cifu is an expert on concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Vickers spoke on sports-related injuries and their management.

At the seminar, Haley held a raffle for a new Amazon Kindle Fire that was generously donated from MetroCast. Haley decided to hold this seminar for everyone to get a better understanding of how serious such injuries could be and the long-lasting effects of them.

For another fundraiser, they did a Thirty-One large utility tote bag fundraiser. They sold bags to friends and family and received $12 for each bag. Another fundraising event was a bake sale that was held in front of J&W Seafood in Deltaville on July 8. It was a tremendous success and they sold out of all the yummy baked goods. Their last fundraising event was a paint party held at Cocomo’s of Deltaville on July 9 where half of the proceeds went to their cause. There was great food and lots of good laughs while everyone painted the afternoon away.

With all the support toward their fundraising efforts and the donations offered from friends and family, Haley and Allison could present 18 sports team medical bags and 100 extra ice packs to Middlesex High School for all contact sports teams. They also were able to donate bags to Middlesex Elementary School, St. Clare Walker Middle School, Middlesex Family YMCA, Deltaville Ballpark, and Middlesex Sports Complex.

Haley is a senior at Middlesex High School and is a member of the yearbook staff, and is currently serving as the executive editor. She is a member of the National Honor Society and former member of the Key Club. She is a member of the Middlesex varsity volleyball team and soccer team, and also has cheered for basketball. Haley swam for the Deltaville Sharks swim team for 10 years and helped coach the kick-boarders for 2 years. She is a member of Zoar Baptist Church and currently works at J&W Seafood in Deltaville and, as needed, at the Medicine Shoppe at Hartfield.

After graduating from high school, Haley plans to attend a 4-year university to pursue a career in the nursing field.

Haley is the daughter of Joey and Becky Revere of Hartfield and has an older sister, Kelly.

Allison Duke, Haley’s Little Miss Spat contestant, is the daughter of Eric and Crystal Duke of Saluda. Allison is a first-grader at Middlesex Elementary School and her favorite thing to do is draw. She wants to be a zoo keeper when she grows up.

posted 09.27.2017

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