Rick Reilly Honored for Coverage on the Dangers of Spit Tobacco
DALLAS (May 2, 2003) – Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Rick Reilly was recognized on April 26, 2003, during the National Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association (NSSA) annual awards program in Salisbury, N.C. Reilly is the third recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Excellence in Sports Medicine Reporting Award. The award is presented annually to the sportscaster or sportswriter who excels in educating the public about an athletic health care issue or athletic health care provider. Reilly was selected for his column on the dangers of spit tobacco. “The NATA is honored to have Rick Reilly as this years recipient," said NATA President Julie Max, MEd, ATC. “We had many excellent entries, but Mr. Reilly’s column on the dangers of spit tobacco had a tremendous impact on the readers and simply stood above the rest.” Reilly, 45, is in his 19th year as a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. He is the author of the weekly “Life of Reilly” column that runs on the last page of the publication. His column is the first such signed weekly opinion column in the magazine's history. In addition, Reilly is a frequent contributor to Time magazine and has won numerous awards in his 23-year writing career. About NATA: Certified athletic trainers (ATCs) are medical professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses that occur to athletes and the physically active. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports the more than 30,000 members of the athletic training profession through education and research.