2015 Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award


SSATC and Gatorade are excited to announce The Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award. This award will recognize certified athletic trainers from each NATA district who have made outstanding contributions in furthering their high school’s athletic care program or the overall profession of secondary school athletic training. 


Each district winner will receive a prize pack including:

  • (1) $1,000 grant toward the program featured in the winner’s submission
  • (1) Gatorade G Series Performance Package
  • (1) Gatorade Sidelines Cart
  • Full-paid trip to 2015 NATA Annual (including flight, accommodations and registration)



  • Candidate must be an active certified athletic trainer in the year of consideration and a current member of NATA in good standing .
  • Current NPI #
  • Candidate must be BOC certified.
  • Candidate must currently be a full-time or part-time employee in the secondary schools for at least one full academic year.


Application Process

  • Individuals cannot self-nominate. Nominations may be summited by one of the following:
    • School Athletic Director
    • Fellow Team Practitioner (Athletic Trainer, Physician, Registered Dietitian, Strength & Conditioning Coach)
    • Recognized Athletic Training Associations
    • Athletic Conferences
  • Nominators must submit 750-1,000 words on the candidate’s contribution to furthering their high school’s athletic care program or the overall profession of athletic training at the secondary school level, which includes but is not limited to the implementation of the protocols and programs related to:
    • Heat Safety
    • Concussions
    • Sudden Cardiac Death
    • Sickle Cell Trait
    • Diabetes
    • Athletes with Disabilities
    • Anaphylactic Shock
    • Emergency Action Plans
  •  Nominators must submit evidence to support description (photos, videos, collateral, etc.).
  • Nominators must provide a letter of recommendation from at least three individuals on the below list. (Letter of recommendation cannot come from the nominator and at least one letter of recommendation must come from an employee at the candidate’s school.)
    • School Athletic Director
    • Team Practitioner (Fellow Athletic Trainer, Physician, Registered Dietitian, Strength & Conditioning Coach)
    • Recognized athletic training associations
    • Athletic conferences
    • Principal (and other school administrators)
    • Parents


Nomination Form           Recommendation Form



The deadlines are rolling based NATA District Meetings timing. All completed nominations must be received by the NATA Secondary School Committee by the dates below. Incomplete nomination forms will be deemed ineligible.

NATA District

Application Deadline

Meeting Date

1 and 2 10/15/14 1/9-12/15
3 1/30/15 5/15/15
4 11/30/14 3/12-15/15
5 11/30/14 3/15/15
6 3/30/15 7/16-18/15
7 12/30/14 4/15/15
8 12/30/14 4/16-19/15
9 11/30/14 3/13-15/15
10 11/30/14 3/27-28/15


Award Winner Announcement

Winners will be notified approximately one month in advance of the NATA District meeting.
Each winner will be announced at each district meeting and will culminate with an announcement and celebration at NATA Annual’s Secondary School Committee Meeting and Reception.
*The SWATA winner will be informed prior to 2015 NATA Convention.


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