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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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Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table celebrated NATM

Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table (SBART) celebrated National Athletic Training Month by recognizing Athletic Trainers on March 11, 2019 at the weekly luncheon. SBART President recognized that the athletic trainers were the first at an event and the last ones to leave. One of the coaches from Westmont College thanked his Athletic Trainer for being at his track meets and providing the medical care. Local school athletic trainers were recognized…

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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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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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