Janelle is one of the best trainers we have ever had

Diana Smith, Community Member

I am the varsity tennis coach at Portage Northern.  Janelle has been the trainer since I came back from a 3 year hiatus from coaching (Mom was sick).  Janelle is one of the best trainers we have ever had (been in the program since 2006).  She reaches out to me at the beginning of the season, gets all our supplies (first aid kits, defib machine) that we keep in our shed up all stocked within the first days of our season without my asking. She brings us water for most of our practices in the fall since we no longer have a drinking fountain.  (She will come over after football games and leave us water and ice for matches the next day). She will come over when not busy with other sports (football and soccer take a lot out of her).  She will come when needed (player has issues, typically tendonitis in the beginning of season when they have not played), rolled ankles, shoulder injuries, etc.  She will also come hang out in the beginning of the season when she is not busy to let the kids know who she is.  We host several of the major tournaments (SMAC conference, regional) and she will let me know her availability (sometimes she has to travel with other teams).  All the kids love her.  She always has a smile on her face and makes all the kids comfortable.  She makes my life so much easier since I know that if I have a major health issue with a player, she is only a phone call away.

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