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Excellence in Athletic Training in Colorado High Schools

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The Excellence In High School Athletic Training Award was established in 2003 by Denver Nuggets Head Athletic Trainer Jim Gillen to recognize outstanding high school certified athletic trainers and their athletic training programs in Colorado. In 2011, the High School Comeback Athlete of the Year was established to recognize the effort required by both an athlete and trainer to recover from an injury. The goal of the award is to provide funds to assist high school athletic training programs in the following areas:

  • Prevention and care of high school athletic injuries
  • Education and training of high school students pursuing a career in the athletic training profession or other health-related fields
  • Providing certified athletic trainers with more resources to perform their duties

AWARDS

EXCELLENCE IN HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC TRAINING
First Place: An award of $2,000 and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) will be donated to two high school athletic training programs. This award will be presented at a game in March in conjunction with the “National Athletic Trainers Month.” Award recipients also receive a tour of the Denver Nuggets athletic training facilities.

  • Excellence In High School Athletic Award winners receive funds to use at their discretion for supplies, equipment or educational opportunities to improve the athletic training program at their school.

COMEBACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
One high school athlete will be recognized for his/her efforts in recovering from an injury or illness (not necessarily related to sports performance). This athlete will receive a $1,500 scholarship for post-secondary education and their high school athletic training department will receive a $1,000 award.

  • Comeback Athlete of the Year Winner receives an individual scholarship for postsecondary educational expenses and the high school athletic training department receives funds for their training program.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Any high school that is a member of the Colorado High School Activities Association and has a certified athletic trainer as a member of their athletic staff can apply for The High School Training award.

APPLICATION PROCESS

EXCELLENCE IN HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC TRAINING AWARD
In addition to completing this application, all applicants must submit three formal letters of recommendation (from coaches, physicians, former athletes, peer athletic trainers, etc.) The applications will be narrowed to four semi-finalists, all of whom will receive an on-site or phone interview with a member of the Selection Committee.

COMEBACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Student athlete may be nominated by coach, faculty member from their school, or a supervising athletic trainer.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

All applications must be received by March 12, 2014. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

Please send to:
Attn: Jim Gillen
Denver Nuggets,
1000 Chopper Circle
Denver, CO 80204


EXCELLENCE IN HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC TRAINING AWARD RECIPIENTS

2012-13 RECIPIENTS
Matt Hertz – Columbine High School, Littleton, CO
Lisa Smith – Denver East High School, Denver, CO
Comeback Athlete of the Year
Connor Powell Beard – Hotchkiss High School, Hotchkiss, CO

2011-2012 RECIPIENTS
Alyssa Fredericks, ATC/ Durango High/ Durango, CO
Lindsay Adcock, ATC/ Regis Jesuit High/ Aurora, CO
Kat Koehler, ATC/ Windsor High/ Windsor, CO
Comeback Athlete of the Year
Ryan Fergen – Rocky Mountain High/ Fort Collins, CO

2010-2011 RECIPIENTS
Megan Hodde, ATC/ Frederick High/ Frederick, CO
Markee Swank, ATC/ Greeley Central High/ Greeley, CO
Joanne Brewster, ATC/ Sheridan High/ Sheridan, WY
Comeback Athlete of the Year
Chris Hansen, Fossil Ridge High/ Fort Collins, CO

2009-2010 RECIPIENTS
Tom Bradley, ATC/ Castle View High/ Castle Rock, CO
Kelly Brick, ATC/ John F. Kennedy High/ Denver, CO
Brooke Anderson, ATC/ Kelly Walsh High/ Casper, WY

2008-2009 RECIPIENTS
Shaun Carmody, ATC/ Cheyenne Mountain High/Colorado Springs, CO
Dominic DiManna, ATC/ Alameda High/ Lakewood, CO

2007-2008 RECIPIENTS
Larry Franca, ATC/ Dakota Ridge High/ Littleton, CO
John Salvatore, ATC/ Fountain – Fort Carson High/ Fort Carson, CO

2006-2007 RECIPIENTS
Jaclyn Lewis, ATC/ Elizabeth High/ Elizabeth, CO
Steve Rath, ATC/ Horizon High/ Thornton, CO

2005-2006 RECIPIENTS
Kevin Margarucci, ATC/ Lewis Palmer High/ Colorado Springs, CO
Tom Bashline, ATC/ Brighton High/Brighton, CO

2004-2005 RECIPIENTS
Chris Mathewson, ATC/ Ponderosa High/ Parker, CO
Bob Timm, ATC/ Widefield High/ Colorado Springs, CO

2003-2004 RECIPIENTS
Jim Campbell, ATC – Overland High/Aurora, CO
Todd McKercher, ATC/ Grandview High/Aurora, CO


A NOTE FROM JIM GILLEN

THE REASON THE AWARDS WERE ESTABLISHED
My career in athletic training began as a high school athletic trainer. The years I spent working with high school athletes were some of the most rewarding times in my career. There is a great need for Certified Athletic Trainers in our high schools. Our youth need quality medical care while they are participating in athletic programs. My main goal in establishing this program in 2003 was to help raise awareness of the outstanding skills of individuals whom work with high school athletes.

With these awards, we hope to help Colorado High Schools provide improved care to their athletes and recognize the efforts required by both athlete and trainer to recover from an injury or illness.