Safe Sports Social Awards
Safe Sports Star of the Year: This award recognizes a person not associated with Safe Sports Network who through words/actions demonstrates his/her commitment to ensuring youth sports safety.
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2018 Safe Sports Social Star of the Year Winner
Sue Thomas is the girls' varsity basketball coach at Bedford High School, where she stands out for her dedication to youth sports safety. Sue takes an active role in ensuring her players are prepared for emergencies, practicing "drop the dummy" drills with her team. She learned the value of athletic trainers and sports safety during her college years when a knee injury ended her playing career. As a coach now, she knows that having an athletic trainer available to make important decisions regarding a player's health is a vital asset. As a former school board member dealing with increasingly tight budgets, she believes that having an organization like the Safe Sports Network provide such a necessary function is invaluable to our schools and our children. All these factors moved Sue to help Safe Sports Network in its mission to keep young athletes as safe as possible. She has been an active volunteer for Safe Sports even beyond her own team, helping with physicals and concussion testing.
Through the 2016-2017 season, her basketball team's overall record was 126-19. The Bulldogs have played in the NHIAA Division I state championship game for four of the last five years, winning the 2013 state championship. Sue is also the assistant varsity softball coach at Bedford. Sue started her 35+ year coaching career after playing Division 2 basketball at Niagara University. Since Niagara, Sue has coached every level of basketball and softball, including becoming the assistant basketball coach at the University of Detroit. She has been very involved in youth sports in Bedford since moving to NH 29 years ago. She served on the Bedford Little League board for over a decade, including 3 years as its President. She also coached travel teams for the Bedford Basketball League and served on the Bedford Parks and Rec commission for 15 years. Sue is also a former member of the Bedford School Board. Because of the major impact that athletics had on Sue's life, she has devoted a large part of her life to bringing that passion to Bedford youth.
Sue and her husband, Bob raised three children who all participated in athletics from youth sports through college. Sue earned her MBA while coaching at the University of Detroit. In 1995, Bob and Sue began Rx Monitoring Services, an engineering consulting firm that currently employs nine people and does business worldwide. Sue is the Treasurer and CFO of RxMS, Inc.
|2017||Matthew Benson & William Demers Co-Stars|
|2015||Christopher Couture, MD|
|2014||Arthur Maerlender, PhD|
|2018||Monique Sirois, Goffstown High School Class of 2018|
|2017||Brendan Dillon, Bedford High School Class of 2017|
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