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FWATA PR Committee Volunteers at the Centanni-Cottle Memorial 5K


(L-R) Dalal Al Rowaished, Kiani Reis, Jennifer Guiry, Brittany Bingham, Ali Lacayo, Tricia Kasamatsu, Sara Jimenez and Heather Harvey

The FWATA PR Committee hosted a booth at the 3rd Annual Centanni-Cottle Memorial 5K on Sunday March 22nd in Yorba Linda, CA. There were over 500 participants representing the community, the military and local law enforcement in honor of the fallen United States Marines, Lance Corporal Rick Centanni and Sergeant Major Robert “RJ”Cottle.

Athletic trainers and athletic training students from both the collegiate and secondary schools spent the morning handing out educational materials and bringing awareness to participants about athletic trainers, the fields we work in and the benefits of athletic trainers as a part of the medical community.


More about the Centanni-Cottle Memorial 5K

article_5K2United States Marine, LCpl Rick Centanni was born and raised in Yorba Linda, California and was a student-athlete at Esperanza High School where he played football.  Just weeks after graduation, Rick enlisted in the Marines and was ultimately assigned to the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.

Tragically, while on the forward edge of our nation’s defense Rick along with fellow Yorba Linda resident, 27-year Marine Corps Veteran Sergeant Major Robert J. Cottle were killed in action on March 24, 2010 in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.

The annual Centanni-Cottle Memorial 5K Run/Walk supports the Rick Centanni Memorial Fund and keeps Rick and Robert’s name alive as hometown heroes.


Courtesy of the FWATA PR Committee

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