NATA Inducts Certified Athletic Trainer Richard Ray into the NATA Hall of Fame During 57th Annual Meeting in Atlanta

Contacts:  Robin Waxenberg 
Ellen Satlof, NATA
214-637-6282, ext. 159

For Immediate Release:


DALLAS, June 1, 2006 – The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), a not-for-profit organization representing and supporting 30,000 members of the athletic training profession, will induct Richard Ray, EdD, ATC, of Holland, Mich., into its prestigious Hall of Fame during its 57th annual meeting in Atlanta.  Ray will be recognized for his significant contributions at the 2006 awards banquet on Saturday, June 17 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

All inductees into the Hall of Fame have been certified NATA members for at least 25 years, and nominated and selected by their athletic training peers.  Ray is currently the coordinator of the athletic training program, professor and chair of the department of Kinesiology at Hope College in Holland, Mich.  In addition, he has served in a variety of appointed and elected positions in NATA and related organizations.

Ray was co-chair of NATA’s Education Task Force and chaired the association’s Nomenclature Task Force.  He has also served as president of both the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society.

He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Athletic Training and author of three books-- Management Strategies in Athletic Training (now in its third edition), Counseling in Sports Medicine and Case Studies in Athletic Training Administration

“Since beginning my career as an athletic trainer, I’ve taken great satisfaction in being able to help others,” said Ray.  “I’ve always wanted to help individuals when they couldn’t help themselves.” 

Ray earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1979, and master’s and doctoral degrees from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo in 1980 and 1990, respectively. He has previously served as an assistant athletic trainer at Kansas State from 1980 to 1982, and head athletic trainer at Hope College from 1982 to 2000. 

 “Rich deserves to be recognized for his extraordinary achievements and dedication to the athletic training profession and his students,” said NATA Executive Director Eve Becker-Doyle, CAE.  “He joins the more than 200 other remarkable athletic trainers in the NATA Hall of Fame.”

“On behalf of the entire NATA, we heartily congratulate Rich and wish him many more productive years,” said Tom Abdenour, MA, ATC, NATA Honors & Awards Committee chair.

About NATA:
Certified athletic trainers are unique health care providers who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses.  The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports the 30,000 members of the athletic training profession through education and research.  NATA, 2952 Stemmons Freeway, Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75247, 214.637.6282; 214.637.2206 (fax). 

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