Servant’s Heart Award

ATTENTION: The Servant's Heart Award will begin taking applications on Sept. 1, 2022. We are testing a new application system, and we thank you for your patience.


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 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.



Award nominations begin at midnight on Sept. 1, 2022, and will end at 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 1, 2022. Nominees will be notified by email of their nomination and next steps. Winners will be announced in Spring of 2023. 

Nominate an AT


Award Winners

Click on the year to view the list of district winners.


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