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FWATA Honors and Awards 2024

On behalf of FWATA we are proud to honor the 2024 Award winners

Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer  

Paul Alvarez PhD ATC

Paul has been involved with the athletic training profession for over 40 years.  He has mentored numerous athletic trainers in his position at the University of La Verne.  Tom Abdenour wrote this about Paul ” Paul is a consummate professional and dedicated to the advancement of our profession… there are three words that come to mind:  advocacy, representation, and service”




Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer

Garvin Tsuji MS ATC

Garvin has been an athletic trainer for over 25 years, currently working at ‘Iolani School .  He has served in many different roles with FWATA and in HATA.  Junior Domingo states “without a leader like Garvin as a role model, many of us may not have served in the roles that we have in and out of the athletic training profession.”




Special Service Award 

Sanam Rezazadeh MS ATC

Sanam serves as a staff athletic trainer at Stanford University and has served FWATA in a number of positions.  Kris Boyle Walker has this to say about her “Sanam serves with passion. She brings her all to each role she serves. She is dedicated and has made an impact on the committees she has served on as well as on the athletic training profession as a whole.”

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