Eli Hallak had always wanted to send the St. Francis High sports medicine program to a national competition, but all the ones he found took place in person and were too expensive with travel and room and board costs.
Hallak, the director of St. Francis' sports medicine program, took matters into his own hands and developed the National High School Sports Medicine Championships, an online competition open to schools across the country, in association with the American Academic Competition Institute and John Meadows of the computer company Meadows and Associates.
"For the students who are really taking [sports medicine] serious, now there's a way to test their knowledge," Hallak said of the competition, which was conducted for the first time on May 21 and is planned to be an annual event. "I started thinking about it 18 months ago and thought, 'Why not take it online?' It costs thousands of dollars to travel with students to those other competitions."