Wichita school district to lose Via Christi athletic trainers

Via Christi Rehabilitation Services has told the Wichita school district that it will not renew its contract to provide athletic trainers for the district's seven high schools, ending a relationship of almost 20 years.

This year's contract ends after next month's state championships in all spring sports.

The school district paid about $200,000, while Via Christi said its cost to provide trainers was around $380,000.

Via Christi currently has contracts with Maize, Maize South, Bishop Carroll and Wichita Collegiate.

City League athletic director Bill Faflick said today he is unwilling to cut back on athletic trainers and will look at other options.

"The trainers provide a very valuable service to the student athletes in our school district," Faflick said. "A top priority for us is student-athlete safety. To not have certified athletic trainers available to work with our kids and to work with our coaches would compromise that ability."