Servant’s Heart Award

The Servant’s Heart Award recognizes deserving secondary school ATs in each district for their service to the athletic training profession, their schools and their communities.

This award recognizes ATs who have:

  • Demonstrated a long-term commitment to the secondary school setting.
  • Provided public awareness, promotion and education about the AT’s role in their local communities.
  • Helped establish and maintain the athletic trainers’ presence in the secondary school setting.
  • Promoted the secondary school setting as a career-destination.
  • Exhibited a consistent and exemplary level of student athletic health care.



  • NATA member in good standing.
  • Current NPI number with appropriate taxonomy code. 
  • Current BOC certification.
  • At least 75% of current job responsibility must involve primary health care of secondary school athletes.
  • Currently employed as a full-time head athletic trainer (or equivalent) in a high school in a high school setting OR retired, if:
    • Retired within the last two calendar years. 
    • Meet all other eligibility requirements and criteria for nomintation. 


  • AT has made progressive and substantial improvements to his/her athletic training program.
  • AT provides extraordinary service to local community.
  • Current or former member of at least one committee or board as an athletic trainer.



Due to the unprecedented circumstances that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented, the Servant's Heart 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 secondary school athletic trainer.


Award Winners

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Mike Carroll, MEd,LAT, ATC, District 6

Jennifer Armstrong MS, ATC, District 3
Hal Hilmer MA, ATC, District 4
Tommy Blanco MAT, ATC, District 8
Dale Blair MS, ATC, CSCS, District 10