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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2021 Safe Sports Social Star of the Year Winner

Keith J. Loud, MD, MSC

Keith J. Loud, MD, MSC, is Chair of the Department of Pediatrics for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, and Director of the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). Prior to receiving his medical degree, Dr. Loud served as a secondary school athletic trainer. This background and training provided him with a unique perspective on youth sports.

Dr. Loud serves as a consultant and educator for Safe Sports Network, and aided in the development of COVID-19 return to activity guidelines for both Safe Sports Network and CHaD. Further, these guidelines were distributed to pediatricians throughout New Hampshire to emphasize the importance of a gradual return to activity following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

Team Up for Sports Safety (TUFSS) is another athletic healthcare safety initiative that Dr. Loud actively participates to benefit young athletes across New Hampshire. TUFSS is a nationwide movement focusing on youth sports safety and injury and illness prevention, led by the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) in collaboration with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), and NFL Foundation.


Year Winner
2020 Andrea Elliot
2019 Scott Evans
2018 Sue Thomas
2017 Matthew Benson & William Demers Co-Stars
2016 Steve Coburn
2015 Christopher Couture, MD
2014 Arthur Maerlender, PhD


Primary Bank Perseverance Scholarship: This award is given to a young athlete who suffers a season-or career-ending injury but stays involved with his or her team despite the injury.


Year Winner
2021 Michael Adams, Central High School Class of 2021
2020 Kelly Leonard, Memorial High School Class of 2020
2019 Meredith Basta, Bishop Guertin High School Class of 2019
2018 Monique Sirois, Goffstown High School Class of 2018
2017 Brendan Dillon, Bedford High School Class of 2017


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