|Ellen Satlof, NATA
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David Pursley Inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame
Baltimore/March 13 -- Mr. Richie Bancells, head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Orioles and president of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainer’s Society, announced today that Mr. Dave Pursley, the former assistant/head athletic trainer of the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves from 1961-2002, has been selected to become a member of the National Athletic Trainers Associations’ prestigious Hall of Fame.
“I can’t think of a person more deserving of recognition”, said Mr. Bancells. “Dave’s many years as the head athletic trainer of the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves has served as an example of excellence for every athletic trainer who has had the pleasure to work with him over his long career.”
The NATA Hall of Fame was created to recognize members who have demonstrated career excellence in the athletic training profession. It is the highest honor that any athletic trainer can achieve. Mr. Pursley not only served as an athletic trainer for over 4 decades with the Braves, he also provided expertise to the Summer Olympic games in 1996 and served as an athletic trainer for Major League All-Star games in 1972, ’83, ’91, and 2000. In 1995 Dave achieved the dream of all Major League athletic trainers when the Atlanta Braves won the World Series.
“I have had the pleasure and the honor of knowing Dave for almost 30 years,” said Jeff Porter, the present head athletic trainer of the Atlanta Braves. “As Dave’s assistant for 19 years, he demonstrated by example what it meant to be the consummate health professional everyday, of every season, of every year. Dave’s induction into the NATA Hall of Fame is just another exclamation point on a career of excellence.”
The NATA Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 19 in St. Louis, MO. Dave is only one of two athletic trainers in the entire United States to be so honored in 2008.
“I have received a lot of honors in my life, but I am most proud of the opportunity athletic training has given me to work with some of the finest people in and out of sports,” said Dave Pursley. “From the thrill of seeing many of Henry Aaron’s historic homeruns to going to numerous World Series and All-Star Games, I am proud to have been a member of the Atlanta Braves, the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainer’s Society, and now to have received this great honor from the NATA.”
Dave, along with his wife Ruth and sons Neil and Gary, are expected to attend the induction ceremony in St. Louis in late Spring.
Contact: Zach Reed, Public Relations, PBATS, 410-300-7577 or firstname.lastname@example.org
National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) – Health Care for Life & Sport:
Athletic trainers are unique health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports 30,000 members of the athletic training profession. NATA advocates for equal access to athletic trainers for patients and clients of all ages and supports H.R. 1846. Only 42 percent of high schools have access to athletic trainers. NATA members adhere to a code of ethics. www.nata.org.