Meet Grace Sims, Head Athletic Trainer, Rock Canyon High School
How many years have you been at your DCSD school?
I’m going into 8 at RC, 6 as the head AT
Where did you go to school?
Cedarville University - BA in Athletic Training
University of Colorado Colorado Springs - MSc in Sports Medicine
What is your favorite thing about working at your school?
The community aspect and support are fantastic. The Jaguar family really feels like a family. It is so fun to see the students mature and grow from freshmen to seniors. I love when alumni come back to visit, and I get to hear about their lives and see how they're doing.
What is your best memory while working at your DCSD school?
I have so many great memories. Being part of the Wish Weeks, the 2015 State Baseball championship run, and helping to grow the Athletic Trainers' Student Aide (ATSA) Challenge are a few. In general, as a relational athletic trainer, I love when I have a meaningful conversation with an athlete where they challenge themselves and grow.
What are some other professional experiences you have had?
I have volunteered as an athletic trainer for the Colorado Sled Hockey teams for 3-4 years and really enjoyed it. Seeing these disabled athletes refuse to let their disabilities define them is so encouraging and inspiring.
What are you surprisingly good at?
I am surprisingly good at changing the mood with a few of the student athletes I am close to during games. I also don't hesitate to help them process through life situations and deal with differing perspectives. My students say I'm good at explaining things as well.
What is the biggest proof that you are good at what you do?
I think the biggest proof is the alumni who come back to visit and keep in touch, or the parents who still remember me taking care of their kids.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Knowing that I've made a difference in some students' lives
What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?
I would volunteer with the sled hockey program and be involved with youth safety initiatives such as advocating for athletic trainers at every high school, proper availability of emergency care, promotion of lightning safety knowledge and practices, and continuing to interact with the growing body of concussion research while being a liaison and advocate to help families and athletes through education and concussion management.
I have great parents, a special needs brother, another brother and sister-in-law, an adorable niece and nephew, and my two "kids" - my shelties.