The Westerville community is invited to join Westerville South High School as it unveils the Bill Kulju Athletic Training Facility on Feb. 3 during the boys basketball game against Delaware Hayes High School.
The Westerville Board of Education in November approved a resolution to name the school’s athletic training room after retired WSHS educator and athletic trainer Bill “Doc” Kulju, who built a legacy in the classroom, on the field, and in the community. Kulju retired from Westerville South in 2015 following 36 years of dedicated service to the school.
He and his family will be on hand during the special ceremony, which will take place after the first quarter. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.
Kulju joined Westerville High School in 1979 and worked with Wildcat athletes, including those who competed in state champion and state runner-up teams. He served as a health education teacher, worked with Wildcat student-athletes as an athletics trainer, and coordinated the school’s International Baccalaureate program, where he supported students on service projects including one to offer aid to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He received multiple district and state honors and awards during his tenure in the district and served as a leader among his peers through his various roles with the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association.
Kulju also was part of the United States Olympic Committee Medical Staff with multiple international assignments including the Pan American Games in Argentina in 1995 and the World Transplant Games in 1997. He was inducted into the Westerville South Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.