Organization Bestows Highest Honor to Leaders in Profession
For The First Time Ever, A Husband And Wife Are Inducted Together BALTIMORE (June 17, 2004) – The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), a not-for-profit organization representing and supporting 30,000 members of the athletic training profession, will induct eight certified athletic trainers (ATCs) into its prestigious Hall of Fame during its annual meeting in Baltimore. The honorees will be recognized for their significant contributions on the state, regional and national levels, at the 2004 Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 18, at the Baltimore Convention Center. For the first time in NATA history, a husband and wife team will be inducted together. Nominated and selected by their ATC peers, all the new inductees have been active NATA members for at least 25 years. Their professional excellence, volunteer service and community outreach have truly distinguished them. The “2004 NATA Hall of Fame Class” includes: Al Green, MEd, ATC, EMT, and his wife, Sue Stanley-Green, MS, ATC, LAT (Lakeland, Fla.); Bill McDonald, MS, ATC (Dekalb County, Ga.); William Prentice, PhD, ATC, PT (Chapel Hill, N.C.); Charles Redmond, MSPT, MEd, ATC (Springfield, Mass.); Kathy Schniedwind, MS, ATC (Normal, Ill.); Clint Thompson, MA, ATC (Mukilteo, Wash.) and Ted Quedenfeld, MEd, ATC, (deceased from Philadelphia). Green is a clinical services coordinator for the Kessler Rehabilitation Centers based in Lakeland, Fla. He has provided athletic training services for national and international competitions, as well as cared for high school and college athletes across the country. In particular, he was assistant athletic trainer at the University of Michigan (1974 to 1979) and then served as head athletic trainer at the University of Kentucky for 17 years. An active member of the NATA, he is chair of the Public Relations Committee. In addition, he is a volunteer firefighter/EMT, a father and also husband of Sue Stanley-Green, another 2004 NATA Hall of Fame inductee. Stanley-Green is assistant professor/athletic training program director, at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Previously she was head athletic trainer at Centre College in Danville, Ky., associate athletic trainer at the University of Kentucky for 15 years, and athletic trainer at Kentucky Sports Medicine, among other positions. A former NATA board member and current board member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification, she’s worked 20 years side-by-side with her husband, Al Green. McDonald is director of sports medicine at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. His first professional job as a teacher/coach/athletic trainer for a high school helped solidify his goal of becoming an athletic trainer. He serves his community as a volunteer firefighter and speaks to church congregations on behalf of Gideons International. Prentice is a professor and coordinator of the sports medicine program at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He is a recipient of NATA’s Sayers Miller Distinguished Educator Award and the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, and is a noted author of eight textbooks on athletic training. He has served on the NATA’s Professional Education and Public Relations committees. As the athletic trainer for the University of North Carolina’s women’s soccer team for nearly 25 years, he has 18 national championship rings to show for his dedication. Redman is chair of the department of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. An active NATA member, he has served two terms as a board member. In numerous countries, he has presented lectures designed to further health care for physically-active individuals, while at the same time promoting the athletic training profession. Schniedwind is head athletic trainer at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. She has traveled worldwide to promote athletic training; volunteered for international competitions; and has guest-lectured for audiences ranging from medical professionals to elementary school students. She is also chair of the Illinois State College/University Athletic Training Students’ Committee. Thompson has served as a mentor and role model throughout his athletic training career. Now retired, he gives back to the profession by serving on various NATA committees and boards, including the NATA Research and Education Foundation. He was head athletic trainer/program director at Truman State University; coordinator of athletic training at Michigan State University; and head athletic trainer at Colorado State University; among many other prestigious positions. Quedenfeld, who is being inducted posthumously into the NATA Hall of Fame, has often been referred to as “the father of the modern-day sports medicine clinic.” He was an athletic trainer at Temple University in Philadelphia, where his research led to major shifts in football, including the elimination of the spring-loaded dummy. His work also shed light on head and neck injuries, exercise-induced asthma and other medical problems. Among his many honors were his induction into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and the Temple University Athletic Hall of Fame. “These certified athletic trainers deserve to be recognized for their achievements,” says NATA Executive Director Eve Becker-Doyle, CAE. “They join the more than 200 other remarkable ATCs in the NATA Hall of Fame, who are an inspiration to all of us.” “On behalf of the entire NATA, we congratulate the Class of 2004,” says Tom Abdenour, MA, ATC, NATA Honors & Awards Committee chair. “They do us proud.” 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. 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