Incoming NATA President Promises to Guide Organization Through Changing Times
BALTIMORE, June 15 – During its 55th Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia at the Baltimore Convention Center this week, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) welcomed in its newest president, Chuck Kimmel, ATC. Elected in October, Kimmel has officially assumed the responsibilities of the office, succeeding Julie Max, MEd, ATC. As leader of the not-for-profit organization that represents and supports the 30,000 members of the athletic training profession, Kimmel, 49, believes he is in a unique position to help guide the NATA. “I’m old enough that I remember ‘the good old days,’ but I’m also young enough to realize that sometimes the ‘good old days’ can stand to be improved.” A recipient of the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, 2002, the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society Hall of Fame, 2002 and the NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award, 1997, among other honors, Kimmel is the assistant athletic director and head athletic trainer at Austin Peay State University, in Clarksville, Tenn. NATA Executive Director Eve Becker-Doyle, CAE, believes Kimmel will prove to be an effective president. “Chuck is an excellent communicator who is willing to listen and keep an open mind. As the NATA evolves and expands, his expertise and dedication will be extremely valuable. Kimmel earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky in 1976 and a master’s degree from East Tennessee State University in 1978. He earned his certified athletic trainer designation in 1978. Since 1984, Kimmel has been an active NATA member. He has chaired both the NATA Finance and Investment committees; served on the NATA College/University Athletic Trainers’ Committee and Convention Committee; and has been NATA Secretary/Treasurer and District Nine Director, representing members in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Kimmel is married and has three children. As the new NATA president, he believes in addressing the quality of life issues of the association’s members. “The ultimate goal is to make life better for the people we serve,” he says. “If it’s better for us as athletic trainers, then it’s better for the people we serve.” About the NATA: Certified athletic trainers (ATCs) are unique health care providers 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 30,000 members of the athletic training profession through education and research. www.nata.org. NATA, 2952 Stemmons Freeway, Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75247, 214.637.6282; 214.637.2206 (fax).