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FWATA Honors and Awards

It is time to honor the FWATA members who have achieved the pinnacle recognition in athletic training. The FWATA Hall of Fame Award is the highest honor any member of FWATA can achieve.  It is to recognize dedicated members who have spent countless hours as an athletic trainer, mentoring students and athletes as well as volunteering their personal time to advance the Athletic Training profession.

This year, we will be inducting the 2017 FWATA Hall of Fame:

Carolyn Peters, MA, ATC, CSCS

Education: San Diego State University- Kinesiology/Athletic Training (MA & BA)

Career: San Diego Christian College- Athletic Director/Senior Women’s Administrator (2016-present) & Head Athletic Trainer/Head Strength Coach (2013-present); ATC Spotter, NFL (2012-present);  Grossmont Community College-Lab Instructor (2016-present); San Diego State University-Lecturer/Adjunct Professor (1998-2015), Athletic Trainer (1992-2013) & Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach (1989-1992)

 Volunteer Service: NATA District 8 Director (2014-2018); NATA District Secretary & Treasurers Committee Chairperson/Vice Chairperson (2010-2014); NATA District 8 Executive Board-Secretary (2008-2014); NATA Annual Meeting Career Assistance Project Team (2008-2014) & Career Center Team Leader (2007); Board of Certification Examiner, model & host (1994-2007); California Athletic Trainers Association Secretary (2004-2007) & Region 6 Director (2001-2003)

Honors & Awards: San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation Medical Champion Award (2016); NAIA Baseball World Series (2014); FWATA D8 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer (2012); SDSU Robert J. Moore Distinguished Athletic Alumna (2009); NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award (2008); FWATA D8 Special Recognition Award-2007; Mountain West Conference Sportsmanship Award—Men’s Golf (2005); San Diego Hall of Champions Breihard Certificate of Athletic Achievement (1995)

Endorsement: Michael West, MS, ATC, Martin Luther King High School Principal notes “Carolyn sets herself apart from other Athletic Trainers in California through her passion for the profession and commitment to being a strong leader. ….she has left an indelible mark on the Athletic Training profession in the Far West and across the country.”

Carolyn Greer, MA, ATC, University of San Diego Associate Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer notes “Carolyn has a dedicated, selfless commitment to FWATA and NATA…..She is a model for the enhancement and promotion of not only FWATA, but also our Athletic Training Students and profession.”


FWATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer 

The purpose of this award is to recognize those members who have given outstanding service and dedication to the Athletic Training Profession and FWATA.

Kavin Tsang, PhD, ATC

Education: The Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D.-Kinesiology (Emphasis in Athletic Training)

Georgia Southern University, MS-Exercise Science (Emphasis in Sports Medicine), University of Hawaii-Manoa, B.Ed.

Career: California State University, Fullerton-Department of Kinesiology—Chair (2015-present) Associate Professor (2014-present) Assistant Professor (2008-2014); Clinical Coordinator Athletic Training Education Program (2008-2015), Part-time Lecturer (2007-2008); California Lutheran University-Exercise Science Department Assistant Professor & Athletic Training Education Program Interim Director (2007-2008), Clinical Coordinator (2006-2007); GlaxoSmithKline-Pharmaceutical Representative (2005); Michigan State University-Department of Kinesiology—Assistant Professor & Undergraduate Athletic Training Education—Director & Clinical Coordinator and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics—Athletic Trainer (2001-2005); The Pennsylvania State University-Department of Kinesiology Instructor/Clinical Supervisor and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics—Athletic Trainer (1999-2001); Georgia Southern University-Department of Health & Kinesiology—Instructor/Clinical Supervisor and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics—Athletic Trainer (1996-1998) & Graduate Teaching Assistant (1995-1996); University of Hawaii-Athletic Training Education Program—Clinical Instructor (1994-1995); Waianae High School-Head Athletic Heath Care Specialist (1994-1995); Kaiser Permanente-Department of Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy, Head Athletic Trainer (1994)

Awards: FWATA Special Recognition Award 2015; CSU Fullerton, Faculty Development Center Service Award 2012

Endorsement: Julie Max, California State University, Fullerton Assistant Athletics Director/Sports Medicine, notes: “Throughout Kavin’s years of experience, he continues to set and achieve remarkable goals. He is undoubtedly one of the most conscientious, dedicated professionals I have had the opportunity to meet. His work ethic is unmatched….He is a man of integrity, hard work and commitment.”

Lyn Nakagawa, University of Hawaii, Assistant Athletic Trainer, notes: “He has made an impact to the profession in every aspect including local, district and national levels and continues to represent FWATA in a very positive manner. He continues to be an inspirational colleague who demonstrates that one person can make a difference.”


2017 FWATA Special Recognition Awardees

Ginger Lei Ehrke, LAT, ATC  (Del Sol High School, Head Athletic Trainer and Clark County School District, Medical Professions Teacher)

Ruem Malasarn, MA, ATC (Cal Poly Pomona University, Director of Sports Performance/Head Athletic Trainer)


The FWATA Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 6:00pm at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort. 5:00pm Social. Those attending the FWATA Annual Meeting the Awards Dinner is a ticketed event with one ticket included for each registrant. Additional tickets are available to purchase. Register here.


On behalf of the Honors and Awards Committee, I would like to thank those that submitted nominations for this year’s awards. Thank you to my committee for dedicating their time to this committee.


Congratulations to our 2017 FWATA award winners! See everyone in Las Vegas !




Courtesy of Hazel Ando, Honors and Awards Committee Chair

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