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Juan Cuevas Wins Excellence in Athletic Training Award

The FWATA Public Relations Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 Summer Quarter winner of the Excellence in Athletic Training Award. Each quarter, the Excellence in Athletic Training Award celebrates District 8 athletic trainers or athletic training student members who display an exceptional commitment to mentoring, professional development or enhancing the quality of healthcare. This quarter’s winner is Juan Cuevas, ATC. Juan is an athletic trainer at Fullerton College in…

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Justin Porta Wins Excellence in Athletic Training Award

The FWATA Public Relations Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 Spring Quarter winner of the Excellence in Athletic Training Award. Each quarter, the Excellence in Athletic Training Award celebrates District 8 athletic trainers or athletic training student members who display an exceptional commitment to mentoring, professional development, or enhancing the quality of healthcare. This quarter’s winner is Justin Porta MS, ATC, CSCS. Justin is the Head Athletic Trainer at…

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LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee

We are happy to announce that the Board of Directors at District 8 has approved the LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee to be a district based committee!  Thus, we will be looking for committee representatives from each of the D8 states. Please contact Sean Rogers or Mimi Nakajima if you’re interested in being a part of the D8 team. The LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee also recently hosted our first Safe Space Ally Training at…

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NATA Foundation at FWATA and NATA

“Guess How Many Rolls of Pre-Wrap” During the 2019 FWATA AMCS, the Foundation raised about $400 through the “Guess How Many Rolls of Pre-wrap” contest. Attendees were able to submit guesses based on the dollar amount of their donation … 1 guess for $1, 7 guesses for $5, or 7 guesses and a clue for $10. Varying prizes were available for t he winning guess … while an exact guess…

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FWATA Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

With the temperature at a comfortable 71 degrees and a mild breeze coming off the Pacific Ocean, it was a perfect day to host this year’s FWATA Scholarship Golf Tournament in San Diego, California. A record setting number of 73 were sent off and wished well by FWATA’s Managing Board Members for an early afternoon shotgun start. This year’s tournament champions came in 16 under par (for the non-golfers, that…

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FWATA 2019 Awards Banquet

On April 27th, the Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association held the Annual Awards Banquet, with over 400 in attendance, was able to honor 11 student scholarships, three research grant recipients, three free communication competition winners in each category, professional and student exchange, along with the Special Recognition, Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer and Hall of Fame Awardees. Tricia Kasamatsu and Michelle Samuel were awarded the Special Recognition Award for their contributions to the District, mainly for their support to…

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NATAPAC Event at FWATA Annual Meeting

On Friday April 26, 2019 the NATAPAC held at event at the Riverwalk Golf Course in San Diego, CA in conjunction with the District 8 annual meeting. It was attended by over 60 ATs and AT students to support the message to shape federal laws that affect the AT profession.  A special beer mug, 3 kinds of craft beer, nacho bar and games were included in the event.  Over $2,900 was…

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Bill Ito named CCCAA Athletic Trainer of the Year

On March 28, Mt. SAC Head Athletic Trainer Bill Ito was named California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) Athletic Trainer of the Year. The annual award is presented and voted by his peers in the California Community College Athletic Trainers Association. Since his arrival in January of 2008, Ito has served the Mt. SAC Student-Athletes, tending to their medical needs. He currently works with the men’s and women’s Cross Country and…

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CBU Hall of Fame Breakfast

California Baptist University (CBU) hosted a NATA Hall of Fame Breakfast on March 8, 2019, in celebration of National Athletic Training Month. About 100 athletic trainers and athletic training students from Southern California attended, including students and faculty from CBU, CSU Fullerton, University of La Verne, and CSU Long Beach. Longtime ATs Bill Chambers, Dr. Robert Kersey, Julie Max, Dr. Tom Abdenour, Andy Paulin, and Fran Babich answered questions, shared…

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NATA Research and Education Foundation 2019 Award Winners and Updates

2019 Scholarship Winners  We are excited to share two students from D8 were selected to receive Foundation scholarships this cycle … Hailey Tuesday (University of Hawaii, Manoa) and Oscar Lopez-Huerta (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) will receive the Jack Rockwell Scholarship and Bill Chambers Scholarship, respectively. Hailey and Oscar will be recognized along with other Foundation scholarship recipients at the Pinky Newell Reception during the 2019 NATA Clinical Symposia &…

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