District 8 News from California, Hawaii and Nevada


Meet District 8 – Jason Bennett

The FWATA Public Relations Committee Social Media team is highlighting members of District 8 each month.  This month we are highlight CATA President, Jason Bennett.   Courtesy of Public Relations – Social Media Committee

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Southern CA Youth Rugby 2016 S.T.R.I.V.E. Organization of the Year

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA YOUTH RUGBY NAMED AS 2016 S.T.R.I.V.E. ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR NCYS and AIG Recognize Exemplary Organizations That Apply Strong Values and Health, Wellness & Safety Initiatives in Youth Sports Stuart, Florida (August 23, 2016).  The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and American International Group, Inc. (AIG) are pleased to announce that Southern California Youth Rugby (SCYR) has been named the 2016 S.T.R.I.V.E. (Sports Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence) Organization of the Year for…

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Katherine Susskind MAT, ATC

Katherine Susskind Receives Excellence in Athletic Training Award

The FWATA Public Relations Committee is pleased to announce the 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 health care. This quarter’s winner is Katherine Susskind, MAT, ATC, CKTP.  Katherine is an Associate Head Athletic Trainer at UC Santa…

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District Director Carolyn Peters and Carolyn Greer

District Director Carolyn Peters honored by San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation at this year’s Taste at the Cove.

SAN DIEGO, Calif., August 29, 2016 – On Thursday, Aug. 25, La Jolla Cove played host to all things outstanding in the fields of sports and medicine. San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation’s (SDSMF) annual fundraiser, Taste at the Cove, returned for its 15th year, bringing food, one-of-a-kind auction items and professional athletes together. In addition to the festivities, Taste at the Cove honored one community legend and one medical champion.…

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College & University Committee Update

  The CUAT Committee continues to work hard on several projects.  Here are just a few. 1. The Specialty Session in Baltimore on Advocacy was well attended and great information was given on advocating for your student-athlete, advocating for your position at your institution and advocating for yourself. 2. In June, Randy Cohen (Associate AD for Medical Services at University of AZ) and Jamie DeRollo (Head Athletic Trainer at Modesto…

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FWATA Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament in Kona

The newly re-opened ocean front Kona Country Club was a wonderful course to host the annual FWATA Scholarship Golf Tournament.  49 golfers made up the field on this beautiful Thursday afternoon on the Big Island of Hawai’i. The field was sent off and wished well by NATA President Scott Sailor, FWATA District Director Carolyn Peters and other board members for an early afternoon shotgun start. The “Flag-Stick Riders” Shannon Bracy,…

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Honors & Awards at the Annual Meeting in Kona

2016 FWATA Hall of Fame Inductees Glenn Beachy, MS, ATC Punahou School, Head Athletic Trainer-1987-present   Cindy Clivio, M.Ed, ATC Kamehameha Schools- Honolulu, Supervisory Athletic Trainer 2007-present (Athletic Trainer 1987-2007) FWATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer  Beth Ann Young, ATC -Punahou School-Honolulu, Assistant Athletic Trainer 2016 FWATA Special Recognition Awardees Sarah Lyons, MS, ATC, PES  – Stanford University, Assistant Athletic Trainer Lyn Nakagawa, MS, ATC, CSCS – University of Hawaii-Manoa, Assistant…

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(L-R) William Garcia, Gil Bejarano, Jamie DeRollo, Michelle Whitehead, Michael Kaufman, Nancy Smith, Brandon Johnson, Kevin Anderson and Bobby Boswell

Big 8 Spring Meeting

Jillian Hubble, ATC, CMT and Teralyn Dodds, ATC presented on Massage Techniques and Cupping at San Joaquin Delta College for the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Big 8 Conference Spring Meeting, in May. Attendees learned that massage for the AT the goal is to reduce the adaptive load (biochemical, biomechanical, psychosocial) that the body is coping with, and/or to enhance the self-regulatory mechanism of the body, so that they can…

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District 8 ATs at Rio

Bill Ito, AT at Mt. San Antonio College is heading down to Rio for the Olympics as a member of the medical staff with USA Track and Field Going with USATF for the Rio Olympic Games has been a 10 year journey for Bill. I have been with many National Teams for World Outdoor Track and Field Championships. I will join 5-6 Certified Athletic Trainers, 2 Chiropractors, 2 massage therapists,…

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NATA Launches New Website for the Public

As NATA President Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC, addressed the crowd during the NATA General Session and Annual Members’ Meeting, Friday in Baltimore Convention Center, Swing Hall, he announced that the association will launch a new public website,, to better communicate the role of athletic trainers in work, life and sport. was created in an effort to advocate for athletic trainers by influencing public opinion and policy – one…

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