Training for the big leagues

There’s a little sadness in the air this winter as Broughton students say goodbye to assistant athletic trainer Dani Blackwell.

  “I’m sad to be leaving the students and staff and athletes because they’re like family, but I’m excited for a new adventure,” Blackwell said.

  Blackwell will be moving to Trinity Christian Academy where she will be head athletic trainer, a job she is looking forward to. She will leave December 18.

  Dani Blackwell has taught healthful living at Broughton for several years. She has also taught sports medicine I, II, and III, which are more related to her job as assistant athletic trainer. She has attended many sporting events, from basketball games to wrestling matches, wrapping angles and icing sore joints.

Blackwell originally attended Cary High School, not far down the road. She graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, majoring in exercise and sports science, where she also played soccer.

   Blackwell is still active in soccer as she helped coach the Broughton womens’ soccer team to a winning season last year.

   Between coaching, athletic training, and teaching, Blackwell spends most of her time in the Holliday gym, where her absence is sure to be felt.