(Orlando, FL) June 16, 2020 – Tuesday afternoon, one Orange County and one Seminole County student each received a $2,500 scholarship to pursue their careers in sports medicine. The announcement was made live via a “virtual news conference” which was simulcast on Facebook.
The Orlando Orthopaedic Center Foundation announced the recipients of the 1st Annual Chris Payer Honorary Sports Medicine Scholarship in front of a virtual audience of allied healthcare professionals. The two recipients are:
1. Lexi Bailey, a recent graduate of Lake Mary H.S., who will attend UCF during the 2020-2021 school year.
2. Jackson Andraski, a recent graduate of Lake Nona H.S., who will attend the University of Florida during the 2020-2021 school year.
Orlando Orthopaedic Center Foundation President Randy S. Schwartzberg, M.D. awarded the scholarships to both recent graduates during the virtual news conference, a first of its kind for the Foundation.
“We’re excited and humbled to have the opportunity to help these future healthcare professionals and present two outstanding local students with the Chris Payer Honorary Sports Medicine Scholarship,” said Dr. Schwartzberg. “We know the students will put the scholarships to good use as they pursue their passion to help athletes for years to come.”
The scholarship was established to honor attorney Chris Payer, a Foundation board member who tragically passed away in early 2019. Payer was an ardent supporter of Central Florida youth athletics and education.
“Chris Payer was a great family man who loved sports and education,” said Dr. Schwartzberg, ”His values really embody what we’re all about here, and this scholarship honors his legacy.”
Lexi Bailey spoke about what receiving the scholarship means to her. She said, “With it honoring Chris Payer and his legacy, I think it’s a beautiful thing to be able to do this in his name and his remembrance. I am excited to embody the award and to show how I can carry it out.”
Jackson Andraski also shared his thoughts about receiving the scholarship. He said, “I feel like it’s a really big honor to be part of the first group to be selected for this scholarship. I think it being for Mr. Payer, and to represent his family, is a big honor for me and my family to be able to impact and keep moving on with his legacy. I will represent him and his family and Orlando Orthopaedic Center Foundation in the best way that I can, moving forward with my career, college and my education.”
The Orlando Orthopaedic Center Foundation plans to make the Chris Payer Honorary Sports Medicine Scholarship an annual scholarship. Visit www.orlandoortho.com/foundation/ for more information about the foundation and its various programs.