Giving the community access to the best sports and wellness programs

Yoshi Ono knows a lot about what makes a strong, healthy athlete. He’s an athletic trainer at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center and provides medical care to athletes in the Plymouth School District. He’s also a part-time athletic trainer for the United States Soccer Federation.

“Right now, the space we have at the current hospital is limited,” he shared. “It prevents us from effectively running performance programs such as throwing, running and golf swing analysis. We also don’t have an area where we can run injury prevention programs and sports-specific conditioning camps that can greatly benefit local athletes and the community.”

Plus, if an athlete wants to take his or her game to the next level, they have to travel to Green Bay or Milwaukee, both of which are an hour’s drive away. 

“If we don’t have a top-of-the-line training facility, we’ll miss out on creating a stronger, healthier community.”

A fortunate opportunity 

The benefits of a new and expanded sports and wellness program extend into the community as well.

“At the new facility, we’ll also be able to provide tactical fitness programs for local law enforcement and fire departments,” explained Yoshi. “And from a rehabilitation standpoint, we’ll have more options to expand the living well and healthy community concepts, along with greater programs to help the older population.”

Team members will also have access to the new space and equipment.

“Employees will be able to work on their health and fitness. It will truly be a benefit for the entire region,” said Yoshi. “I’ve seen a lot of hospitals. For a community of our size we are really blessed to have this opportunity. I’m hoping people can contribute and realize they’ll benefit as well.”

How you can get involved

You can help ensure our community has access to best-in-class sports health and wellness programming close to home by supporting the Health Lives Here campaign. To learn more, click here. You can also contact Sara Alger at sara.alger@aurora.org or 262-235-9506.

Athletic trainer Yoshi Ono assists with strengthening exercises.

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