The AT Advocate Award recognizes an individual, organization, corporation or company that has been a champion in securing athletic trainers in the secondary school setting and improving public awareness of the profession.
This award recognizes those who have:
- Demonstrated long-term commitment to the secondary school setting;
- Provided public awareness, external marketing, promotion and education of the role of athletic trainers in the secondary school setting;
- Served in establishing, maintaining and improving the presence of athletic trainers in the secondary school setting, which is a national objective of NATA.
- Positioned themselves as a leader in promoting the secondary school setting as a career-destination.
Any individual, organization, corporation or company.
- Demonstrated consistent contribution/donation of resources (including time, talent, financial or position) to promote appropriate athletic health care in the secondary schools, including employment of athletic trainers.
- Must be able to demonstrate progressive improvements or promotion of athletic trainers in the secondary school setting, inclusive of but not exclusive to the following:
- Policy, initiatives, funding or promoting and creating additional AT position(s), secondary school health/safety initiatives, etc.
- Lectures, promotion, public service, lobbying, etc.
Due to the unprecedented circumstances that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented, the AT Advocate Award is not accepting applications at this time and will not be awarded at NATA 2021. Please revisit this page next year to nominate a deserving advocate of that athletic training profession.
2018: The NFL Foundation - Jeff Miller, Amy Jorgenson
2017: Gatorade - Jen Schmidt, Molly Matson
2016: Jim Thornton