The Orlando Orthopaedic Center Foundation held a unique virtual news conference via Zoom and Facebook to announce the recipients of two $2,500 scholarships for Orange and Seminole County graduating high school seniors pursuing careers in sports medicine.

The Chris Payer Honorary Sports Medicine Scholarship was set up to honor attorney Chris Payer, a Foundation board member who tragically passed away in early 2019. Payer was an ardent supporter of youth athletics and education.

The students, as well as Orlando Orthopaedic Center Foundation President Randy S. Schwartzberg, M.D., spoke at the 15-minute virtual news conference. Attendees of the event included allied healthcare professionals throughout Central Florida, as well as local media.

“We’re excited and humbled to have the opportunity to help these future healthcare professionals and present two outstanding local students with the Chris Payer Honorary Sports Medicine Scholarship,” says Dr. Schwartzberg. “We know the students will put the scholarships to good use as they pursue their passion to help athletes for years to come.”

The students, Alexa Bailey of Lake Mary High School and Jackson Andraski of Lake Nona High School, had to submit an essay highlighting involvement in their respective school’s athletic training and education activities to be eligible for the scholarship.

The recipients were chosen from dozens of applicants and shared what a career in athletic training or sports-medicine means to them during the virtual news conference.

“Chris Payer was a great family man who loved sports and education,” says Dr. Schwartzberg, ”His values really embody what we’re all about here, and this scholarship honors his legacy.”

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