NFL AT Initiative

 

Kick Start Safety

a new Grant program to expand access to care

NATA is excited to share a new pilot grant program available to public high schools in Arizona, Illinois, Oklahoma and Oregon, designed to increase the number of high school football players with access to an athletic trainer.

In collaboration with NATA, Gatorade, PFATS and the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI), the NFL Foundation is proud to provide this funding opportunity as part of its commitment to improve athlete health and safety at all levels of sport. This pilot grant program aims to improve the health and safety of student athletes at up to 150 public high schools beginning next fall.

Eligible schools in the four states can apply for a three-year grant award totaling $35,000 through this pilot program. The deadline to submit applications is December 16, 2016. As a pilot program, any future plans for this grant will be determined following an assessment of this year’s program.

 

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

ATs: If you are an athletic trainer at a public high school in one of the four pilot states who meets the eligibility requirements, we encourage your school to apply. Please share this information with your peers and colleagues to help improve the health and safety of student athletes in your state and across the country. 

Advocates: As a parent, safety advocate or volunteer, you have an important voice in influencing change in your local schools and community. If you live in one of the four pilot states and feel your school is in need of improved health care for student athletes, we encourage you to ask your school to apply for this grant. Please also share this important opportunity with other parents and youth safety advocates in your state and across the country.  

Administrators, Athletic Directors and Principals: You play a pivotal role keeping your students safe. As a decision maker, you can make changes to improve the quality of health care for your student athletes. If you are an authority figure at a public high school in one of the four pilot states who meets the eligibility requirements, we encourage you to apply for this grant. Please also share this important opportunity with your peers to help improve youth athlete safety in your state and across the country. 

 

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A History of Progress

ASSISTING SCHOOLS IN NEED BY PROVIDING ATHLETIC TRAINERS IN UNDERSERVED AREAS.

In 2014, President Barack Obama announced an important new partnershipbetween NATA, the NFL and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers’ Society (PFATS) during the White House Healthy Kids and Concussion Summit in Washington, DC. As part of the collaboration, over $1 million was provided to place ATs in underserved high schools in NFL markets.

During the 2014-2015 season, 16 NFL club teams committed to providing underserved schools and youth programs in their area with athletic trainers.These teams, in conjunction with NATA, the NFL Foundation and PFATS, have been able to reach over 600 schools and impact nearly 160,000 youth with the provision of athletic trainers.

 

AT INITIATIVE EXPANDS REACH

In the fall of 2015, NATA, the NFL Foundation, Gatorade and PFATS launched a nationwide contest, the Athletic Trainer (AT) Initiative, giving high schools across the country an opportunity to earn funding for an on-campus athletic trainer. 15 grand prize winning schools received $50,000 as well as significant resources, equipment and more to support the establishment or expansion of an AT program. Ten first prize winners received an "Athlete Safety Starter Kit", which included resources and tools to help empower the community to advocate for better youth athlete care.