The TROY soccer team has created a
new initiative to help with teammate Kailani
Decock’s battle with cancer. #Project19 is
centered on providing awareness for those
who are battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma,
as well to unite Trojans by supporting
Decock’s battle with cancer.
During 2013, TROY’s soccer program will
use the entire season to promote #Project19.
Throughout the year, TROY soccer players
and all TROY student-athletes will wear
special purple bracelets in honor of Decock,
as well as host several events on the Troy
Campus and in the community.
“We are all here to win games, but
winning is a byproduct of doing what’s
right in all facets of life, not just on the
field,” Troy head coach Chris Bentley said.
“Every time our student-athletes look
at these bracelets, we want them to be
reminded of how blessed they are to have
this opportunity. We want these bracelets
to be worn with pride because that’s what
Kailani would want.”
In June, Decock was diagnosed with
Hodgkin’s lymphoma, cancer of the lymph
nodes, and shortly after began treatment.
Throughout the summer the TROY soccer
coaching staff and players began to develop
#Project19 as a way to raise support and
awareness for Hodgkin’s lymphoma and for
You can become involved with #Project19
by purchasing bracelets that will be on
sale at various TROY athletics events for a
minimum of a $5 donation. All proceeds go
to Decock’s medical expenses, as well as to
fund future cancer research.
You can follow #Project19 on TROY’s
social media outlets by using hashtag
#Project19 on Twitter, Facebook and
Instagram. On Twitter, make sure you
follow @TroyAthletics and Troy head soccer
coach Chris Bentley at @CoachBentley.To
keep up with Kailani’s journey, follow along
on Twitter or Instgram at @project19kd and
on Facebook by searching Project19KD.
trainers make global
In March, athletic training students from Troy University
participated in a study abroad experience to Costa Rica. Little did
they know they’d be making a major impact on sports medicine in
Their work during the Central American Games, where the
students employed techniques and practices that are the standard
in the United States, but not in other parts of the world, attracted
the attention of Dr. Gustavo Castillo Quiros, medical director
of the Costa Rica Olympic Committee, and a faculty member
of TROY’s Costa Rican partner institution Universidad de
With an invitation from TROY, and in a joint effort with
UNIBE, Dr. Castillo Quiros traveled to Troy to get a taste of
sports medicine in the United States, including his first football
game on the sidelines.
“I loved the atmosphere. It was a huge celebration,” he said.
Teamed up on the sidelines with team physicians Dr. Mickey
DiChiara and Dr. Jeffrey Dugas, head athletic trainer Chuck
Ash, and others, Dr. Castillo Quiros was able to get a first-hand
view of treating on-the-field injuries and the implementation of
other strategies directed at player health. His experience included
close-up views of TROY’s Training Room, visiting Andrews
Sports Medicine, guest lecturing in classes as well as observing
lectures and spending time with Dr. Eric Law at the Friday Night
High School Injury Clinic. All provided him with methods he now
carries back to his work in Central America.
Dr. Castillo Quiros said he was impressed with the knowledge,
training and dedication of the athletic training students at TROY.
“The students and athletic training staff at TROY work really
hard to make sure that the athletes receive the best possible care,”
he said. “They really tried to get me involved and made me feel like
I was at home.”
He noted the biggest difference between medicine in Costa
Rica and the United States was the accessibility to technology.
However, he said the “overall language” of medicine is universal.
Still, he hopes his week-long experience at TROY will translate
into more of his students taking an interest in sports medicine, and
the rise of the field in Central America.
Todd, a sophomore broadcast journalism major from Clanton, is a work
study student in the Office of University Relations.
By Nick Todd
Dr. Gustavo Castillo Quiros (center), medical director of the Coast Rica Olympic
Committee, recently visited TROY to get a taste of sports medicine in the United
States, including his first taste of a football game from the sidelines. Dr. Quiros
joined Dr. Jeffrey Dugas (left), team physician, and Chuck Ash, head athletic
trainer, on the sidelines during the TROY-UAB game.