Tim Kerin Award for Excellence


About Tim Kerin

Tim Kerin is remembered by many for his distinguished career as Head Athletic Trainer at University as Tennessee as well as his service to his community, university and profession. Tim served on the NATA Program and Convention Committees from 1979-1991, was a founding member of Knoxville’s Metropolitan Drug Commission, for which he served as president from 1987-1989, and chaired the SEATA Awards Committee from 1988-1992. He received a Chancellor’s Citation from the University of Tennessee in 1990, and the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association Award of Merit in 1992. In 1993 Kerin was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame. Later that year the University of Tennessee officially dedicated “The Tim Kerin Training Room” in his honor and memory. In 2001 Kerin’s memory was again honored when he was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.


Tim Kerin Award

The annual Tim Kerin Award for Excellence celebrates the memory of Tim Kerin and supports the profession of athletic training. Symbolized with a three-leaf clover, the honor is given to an athletic trainer who embodies Tim Kerin’s finest qualities: service, dedication and integrity. Starting in 2016, Gatorade is expanding the legacy of this distinguished honor by holding an open call for nominations.

&In addition to being honored at the NATA Clinical Symposium & AT Expo, this year’s winner will receive:

  • One night hotel stay at NATA Clinical Symposium & AT Expo
  • Travel to/from NATA Clinical Symposium & AT Expo
  •  $2,500 donation to a charity of the winner’s choice
  • $2,500 for the award winner
  • Plaque presentation during the General Session at the NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo


Nominations will be accepted through March 13, 2017.