Government officials recognize Houston-area athletic trainer for efforts advocating ethnically-diverse students

Contacts: Robin Waxenberg Ellen Satlof, NATA
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Government officials recognize Houston-area athletic trainer for efforts advocating ethnically-diverse students

DALLAS, August 7, 2009 – A year following the establishment of a $50,000 scholarship endowment in his name, John Mayes, MS, ATC, LAT, has been commended by Texas State Rep. Sylvester Turner, Harris County Commissioner El Franco Lee and Houston Mayor Bill White. The Texas House of Representatives provided a resolution of commendation for his efforts toward promoting diversity in the profession of athletic training. They recognized his advocacy for cultural diversity, and because of his leadership, Mayor White proclaimed June 19, 2009, as John Arthur Mayes Day in Houston, Texas.

This endowment for the National Athletic Trainers’Association (NATA) Research & Education Foundation provides research and education scholarships to ethnically-diverse, entry-level graduate athletic training/sports medicine students.

“Through this endowment we have raised well over $35,000 in the past year. We have received commitments from several individuals planning on donating funds to the scholarship as well as a verbal partnership with McKinley Financial Services,” Mayes said. “When it comes to promoting health care in the minority community, I have a strong passion and feel that we can continue to educate people with this scholarship.”

Mayes graduated from Texas Southern University and completed a master’s degree at Prairie View A&M University, where he has served as director of sports medicine and athletic training for the past 20 years. Mayes looks forward to continuing to raise money for ethnically-diverse athletic training students by helping endow a scholarship from NATA’s Ethic Diversity Advisory Council. The goal is to increase the endowment to $250,000 within five years.

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