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Scott Evans of Hooksett will be awarded the 2019 Safe Sports Star of the Year at the Safe Sports Social on March 20.

MANCHESTER – The 2019 Safe Sports Social will honor Scott Evans of Hooksett as the 2019 Safe Sports Star of the Year.

The award is given to a person who through words and actions demonstrates his or her commitment to ensuring youth sports safety.

The fundraiser will be held Wednesday, March 20, at The Derryfield, to raise funds to provide essential sports medicine care for young athletes.

Evans, a physician’s assistant, is a fixture on sports sidelines throughout the community at the high school, collegiate and professional levels.

In addition to his role with several high schools in Southern New Hampshire, he is part of the sports medicine teams at the Manchester Monarchs, Saint Anselm College and Southern New Hampshire University. He puts that professional and collegiate knowledge and experience to good use for Safe Sports kids by taking care of them both directly and by helping their athletic trainers deliver top-notch care. His commitment is extraordinary and he is most deserving of this recognition.

The event, presented by the New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center, will be anchored by local hockey great Hubie McDonough. McDonough, a Manchester native, played ice hockey at Memorial High, New Hampton School and Saint Anselm College before a professional career with the New York Islanders, San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings. His final professional games were played for the Manchester Monarchs.

In his NHL career, McDonough appeared in 195 games, scored 40 goals and added 26 assists. After retiring from playing, he became director of hockey operations for the Monarchs, eventually following them to California (aka Ontario Reign). His base is now back home. The keynote address is sponsored by Cross Insurance.

There will also be a Special Keynote Event, sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, where athletes from area schools will perform a drill to demonstrate their preparation for emergencies on the field. Safe Sports’ goal is to ensure there is always someone present who knows how to maintain an injured or ill athlete until professional help arrives.

Several local businesses sponsoring this event includes All-American Sponsors, Corflex and The Derryfield Restaurant; All-state Sponsors, Acapella Technologies, Anagnost Companies, Catholic Medical Center, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, KW Charity, Millennium Running, New England Duplicator, Retrieve Technologies, RX Monitoring and the Union Leader; and Varsity Sponsors, Anthem, Bedford Bulldogs Athletic Booster Club, Central Activities Fund, Cross Insurance, Gatorade, Fisher Cats Foundation, Memorial Booster Club, Michelle Lambert, Northeast Delta Dental, OrthoCare, Phoenix Realty Group, SNHU Arena, The Schubert Family and TD Bank.

Started in 1989 with free sports physicals for high school student athletes, Safe Sports Network now provides injury care daily at eight high schools and in its drop-in clinic as well as education for coaches, parents and athletes.

Although participation in high school sports is an important part of social, physical and personal development, it is not without risk. In fact, 3.5 million young athletes are treated for sports injuries annually. Without sports medicine professionals on hand, potentially life-threatening conditions, like concussions or heat stroke, may go unrecognized and result in unnecessary death or disability. Safe Sports Network is dedicated to promoting and providing a safe sports environment to young athletes in New Hampshire.

Safe Sports Network provides coverage for several thousand athletes at Manchester Central, Manchester Memorial, Manchester West, Trinity, Bedford, Goffstown, Bishop Brady, Bishop Guertin and Campbell high schools. Youth athletes from MRYHA Flames Hockey, Manchester PAL, Manchester Bears, Derry Wolverines and Derry Demons Football also benefit from these free services.

In addition, any youth athlete can take advantage of the Safe Sports free injury drop-in clinic weekday afternoons in Manchester. Cal 627-9728 for more information.

NHMI is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in musculoskeletal care and sports medicine and to promoting and providing a safe sports environment for athletes.

To contribute to young athletes’ safety, visit www.nhmi.net.