TENNERTON – With the potential return of summer practices set to begin at Buckhannon-Upshur High School soon, Buckhannon-Upshur head basketball coach Travis Foster teamed up with local school officials to make sure it would be a safe return.
Foster, and his new company, Bacteria Busters, provided a free disinfection of the weight room at the B-UHS football locker rooms and provided a demonstration on the turf at Freal “Red” Crites Memorial Stadium this past Thursday.
“We were sort of surprised that the state was opening up as soon as they were,” noted Foster. “As a coach at Buckhannon-Upshur, we want to get our athletes back in the weight room and get their conditioning going, so we want to make sure the facility is clean and safe. If we can work with the school system and the athletic department and help disinfect and keep the virus away then that gives us a better chance for us to have a season.”
Foster said his Bacteria Busters business wanted to give their attention to athletics and the school system first as they expand into other regions of the state and country.
“The schools and their athletics, that is the community,” he stated. “So many communities are built around sports and their school. Without them, where are they? We asked ourselves. ‘How do we fit this business into that area?’ It was just a good fit with me coaching here. Some coaches around the state don’t want to come back dealing with a large group of student-athletes. So, we reached out to the WVSSAC on how we can help to get these schools out and to get back sporting events being held. We are here to help anyway we can.”
Foster stated he wanted to the free disinfection to help give back to his alma mater.
“This is a donation to the school that has given me the opportunity to coach,” remarked Foster. “They have backed me tremendously. For me, it’s a way to give back to the school and to the other coaches here.”
Foster, the owner of Bacteria Busters, said his business arose from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When thinking about ways to help disinfect the viruses, we met with several doctors around two or three states on how they disinfect their hospital rooms,” stated Foster. “One of the common things that they have been using that really hasn’t available for the everyday small business or resident has been their technique of fogging. Fogging is as it sounds, fogging will cover a complete area with a very potent solution that receives a six-log kill, which is a 99.9999 percent kill from that solution. It has been made available for hospitals but not the everyday business. So, we what we wanted to do was to find a way to take what the hospitals do and make it cheaper for the small business owner, the nursing homes or the school system.”
Foster said the solution not only kills COVID-19 but other viruses such as MRSA, e coli, herpes, HIV among others.
Foster remarked that after his company comes in and does an overall disinfectant, he wants to be able to provide the solution to the school systems.
“We can come in and disinfect one really good time,” remarked Foster. “But what will tomorrow bring? This is a service that really needs to be done on a daily basis. So our goal is to get the machines and the solution in the hands of the school. It will be a better fit for them to get the virus out.”
Upshur County Superintendent Dr. Sara Stankus was on hand to watch the demonstration along with B-UHS principal Eddie Vincent and athletic director Rick Reynolds.
“Health and safety are top priorities in Upshur County schools,” said Dr. Stankus. “When we are looking to bring our students and athletes back, disinfecting our facilities is very important. Just to have this company and coach Foster do this for us is really terrific. They wanted to serve their home county first and I really appreciate that.”
Dr. Stankus noted that as the county will continue to feed its students this summer, that Foster has agreed to disinfect the busses as well.
“We have had great community support and our administrators are focused on the health, safety, and feeding our children and getting our schools ready for reentry whatever that looks like,” concluded Dr. Stankus.