JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Andrew Jackson High School showcased its new sports medicine training facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday evening.
The Sports Medicine Magnet Program launched in August, but the open house was for people to see the athletic training facility, which serves as the primary laboratory for students enrolled in the program.
A presentation highlighting the program included a very special guest speaker.
Washington Nationals second baseman and Jacksonville native Daniel Murphy attended the ribbon-cutting and met with students and faculty.
"I think it's going to prepare them for how it's going to look to be proactive in their academic lives and not reactive," Murphy said. "What you see, what the human body has to do to prepare for an athletic event, I think it really is a great parallel for what we need to do to prepare ourselves academically and also moving forward to the workforce."
Throughout the program, students will get hands-on experience with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp minor league baseball team in training, marketing and broadcasting.
The presentation highlighted the program at AJHS and the school district's commitment to sports medicine on and off the field and in and out of the classroom.
AJHS isn't the only school offering a sports medicine program. Englewood High School offers the program and the district wants to expand it to five other schools in the coming year, too.
Those schools include Samuel W. Wolfson High School, Robert E. Lee High School, First Coast High School, Stanton College Preparatory School and Edward H. White High School.
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