AT Advocate Award

ATTENTION: The AT Advocate Award application period is postponed and will begin Aug. 1, 2023. Thank you.


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:

  1. Demonstrated long-term commitment to the secondary school setting;
  2. Provided public awareness, external marketing, promotion and education of the role of athletic trainers in the secondary school setting;
  3. Served in establishing, maintaining and improving the presence of athletic trainers in the secondary school setting, which is a national objective of NATA.
  4. Positioned themselves as a leader in promoting the secondary school setting as a career-destination.



Any individual, organization, corporation or company.



  1. 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.
  2. 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:
    1. Policy, initiatives, funding or promoting and creating additional AT position(s), secondary school health/safety initiatives, etc.
    2. Lectures, promotion, public service, lobbying, etc.



The AT Advocate Award is not accepting applications at this time and will not be awarded at NATA 2023. Applications will resume on Aug. 1, 2023. Please revisit this page next year to nominate a deserving advocate of that athletic training profession.

Award Winners

2018: The NFL Foundation - Jeff Miller, Amy Jorgenson

2017: Gatorade - Jen Schmidt, Molly Matson 

2016: Jim Thornton