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District 8 Remembers Dick Nelson

The District 8 athletic training family is saddened to learn that Dick Nelson, father of Jeff Nelson, has passed away. Dick suffered a stroke in January and passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 16, 2019. Jeff Nelson has had a 30+ history as a vendor and friend to athletic trainers when he was with MBM and Alert Services. He is currently with Henry Schein.  His father, Dick…

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D8 AT Celebrates NATM at 19th Annual Special Olympics Basketball Tournament

Leroy Heu celebrated National Athletic Training Month by providing Athletic Training Services at the 19th Annual Special Olympics North Divisional Basketball Tournament at the UCSB Thunder Dome Events Center.  There were over 400 athletes representing Santa Ynez, Santa Maria, Lompoc, Ventura, Santa Clarita, Bakersfield, Simi Valley and Burbank. This year marked the inaugural name change to “The Gary Cunningham Special Olympics Basketball Competition”.  The opening ceremonies included the naming ceremony…

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FWATA 2019 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to following FWATA Scholarship winners! They have all managed to continually meet their prospective Athletic Training Program academic and hourly requirements, along with fulfilling volunteer opportunities. Please help us honor and celebrate these hard-working individuals on April 27th at 6:30pm during the FWATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium Awards Banquet in San Diego. We hope to see everyone there!   Julianna Adelman (CSUF): Lewis Crowl Scholarship Shannon Busse (CSULB)…

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Carolyn Greer Honored at 73rd Annual Salute to the Champions

The FWATA PR committee is pleased to share that on Jan 31, 2019 Carolyn Greer was Honored during the the San Diego Sports Association Salute to Champions event. This Sports Gala honors both individual and team accomplishments from stars of the month to all-time greats. She shared a class of honorees that included Steve Fisher, Meb and Phillip Rivers. What was a 5’2 head athletic trainer doing at this event?…

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FWATA 2019 Honors and Awards

It is with great pleasure that we are able to honor our colleagues that have provided their service to our district and profession. Hall of Fame 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…

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Rocky Mountain AMCS Celebrates the History of AT Education

This year, the RMATA is honored to present the first-ever presentation on the history of athletic training education and development of the certification exam presented by a renowned group of leaders in our profession. You will have the opportunity to listen to Dr. Gary Delforge, Dr. John Schrader and Dr. Robert Behnke, 3 of the first 4 Professional Education Committee Chairs, present alongside J. Lindsy McLean who is credited with…

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Kelly Ketchum Wins Excellence in Athletic Training Award

The FWATA Public Relations Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 Winter 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 Kelly Ketcham, ATC. Ketcham is the head athletic trainer and Assistant Athletic…

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Hawaii Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee “Be the Match”

On November 18th 2018, Hawaii Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC) collaborated with Be the Match to promote awareness and help rally to increase the need for bone marrow donors at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Rainbow Wahine basketball game. Be The Match works every day to save lives through transplant. For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. Over…

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2018 Long Beach State Sports Medicine Hall of Fame

On December 8, 2018 the Long Beach Sports Medicine Club sponsored a banquet to induct Ms. Kris Boyle-Walker, MPT, OCS, ATC, CHT into their Hall of Fame.  Kris joins a prestigious group of athletic trainers, Daniel Arnheim, Dan Bailey, Keith Freeseman and Wilda Bingham who have been inducted into this Hall of Fame.   These special athletic trainers have touched the lives of several generations of Long Beach State athletic training…

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Florence ‘Tuto`atasi’ Wasko: A woman for all seasons and all sports

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Of the more than 200 participants in the mid-October football double-header at Veterans Memorial Stadium, when it came to safeguarding the island’s future, the most important person there wasn’t a player or coach, even a referee, all of whom were male.  It was the lone woman on the field.  Florence ‘Tuto`atasi’ Wasko, America Samoa’s sole athletic trainer, worked both games. She kept score by her own…

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