North Santa Rosa

Krutches For Kids

Andrews Institute Launches “Krutches for Kids” Drive
Drive to aid student athletes throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties
 The Andrews Institute, an affiliate of Baptist Health Care, announces the launch of the “Krutches for Kids” drive, a fundraiser urging parents to donate gently used crutches to their school for student athletes in need.

“Hundreds of experienced crutches are languishing in the homes and garages of former athletes across Escambia and Santa Rosa counties,” said Larry Lasky, certified athletic trainer at the Andrews Institute. “We are committed to recycling these crutches and distributing them to those students who need them the most.” 

The “Krutches for Kids” drive will run through Monday, Dec. 31. Crutches can be delivered to each high school’s in-house certified athlete trainer in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

For more than 10 years, Baptist Health Care and the Andrews Institute have been placing certified athletic trainers in every high school in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, providing complimentary sports medicine coverage, as well as health and safety information and injury prevention education through theirSports Medicine Outreach program. 

“A pair of crutches can enable a child to rejoin their friends in the classroom and on the playing field. Crutches optimize the success of injury rehabilitation and provide those student athletes in need a chance for a safe and speedy recovery. In addition, it gives back a sense of mobility, independence and hope, which makes it all worthwhile,” said Lasky. 

For more information, contact Larry Lasky, certified athletic trainer, at 850.501.8889 or by email


About the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Located minutes from Pensacola, Fla. in Gulf Breeze, the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine provides world-class care and service for the athlete in everyone. The Institute is home to more than 40 physicians and medical experts providing top-notch service in specialties ranging from orthopaedics and sports medicine to joint care and neurology, and is accessible to everyone. It is the world’s only facility offering surgery, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation and athletic performance training all on one campus. The one-of-a-kind center focuses on the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries while using the expertise of nationally and internationally renowned orthopaedic surgeon James Andrews, M.D. Dr. Andrews is best known as physician to some of sport’s greatest professional athletes. For additional information, visit

The Andrews Institute is a facility of Baptist Health Care, a community-owned, not-for-profit health care organization committed to improving the quality of life for people and communities in Northwest Florida and South Alabama. A 2003 Malcolm Baldrige recipient, Baptist continuously strives to be a national leader in quality and service. Baptist Health Care includes four hospitals, two medical parks, Baptist Manor, Baptist Leadership Group, Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Lakeview Center and Baptist Medical Group. With more than 5,000 employees and employed physicians, Baptist Health Care is the largest non-governmental employer in northwest Florida. For more information, please 

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