Altus Public Schools unveiled the new “Doc Tennessen Athletic Facility,” on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Altus High School Campus, and honored Tennessen for his impact to the field of Athletic Training and Physical Therapy.
Altus School’s Superintendent Roger Hill opened up the ceremony by recognizing Dr. Charles “Doc” Tennessen for his wide reaching achievements. “He’s touched the lives of many many people in several communities throughout this state,” Hill said. Hill informed that the new Athletic Facility was possible through utilizing MAPS funds through the sales tax revenue.
Altus High School Principal, Dr. Mark Haught, read two commendations, one from Representative Charles Ortega and Senator Mike Schulz, and one from Oklahoma’s Governor. “In recognition of the new Altus Athletic Training and Weight Facility at Altus High School in Altus Oklahoma, on Jan. 25, 2014, on this day we name our Facility the Chuck “Doc” Tennessen Athletic Training Facility. Congratulations from Governor Mary Fallin of the State of Oklahoma,” Haught read.
Mitch McLaughlin Head Athletic Trainer at Altus High School also spoke during the ceremony. “Today it’s an honor and a privilege for me as an athletic trainer to say a huge thank you to a man who has paved the way for sports medicine and athletic training in Southwestern Oklahoma for over 50 years,” McLaughlin said. “Doc I’m so thankful that you and all of your family got to come today and be here with all these familiar faces… There are a number of former patients, coaches, athletes, great friends, and athletic trainers here and I want to thank each and everyone of you who made the trip to Altus to be here to honor this wonderful man. I just want to say on behalf of Altus public schools, our Board of Education, as well as all sports associations, our high school, and our athletic program, we dedicate this building in honor of you.”
Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer, Ryan Ade of Frederick, spoke about how he was inspired by Tennessen about twenty years ago. “I had gone right out here to Jackson County Memorial hospital to do some observation under a man named Doc Tennessen, and that was probably the driving force, the catalyst, in what made me pursue a career in physical therapy and athletic training.” Ade is currently an Athletic Trainer at Frederick High School and Physical Therapist at Frederick Memorial Hospital.”The thing I want to emulate most about Doc is his ability to relate to people,” Ade said. “Doc genuinely cares about the person, not just the injury, but the person.”
Tennessen said a few words before the ceremony ended. “I cant believe that everybody is here like this,” Dr. Tennessen said. “It’s like a dream. I tried to pinch myself but that didn’t work. I had Cora Sue pinch me and that didn’t work. So I guess this is real. Anyway, it’s been wonderful and I’ll never have anything like that happen to me again in my life time… Thank you very much for every thing. I appreciate it.”