The Georgia High School Association has been selected to receive the 2020 AT Advocate Award from the National Athletic Trainers' Association Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee (NATA SSATC).
The AT Advocate Award is presented to those who have shown consistent and dedicated efforts to improve the athletic healthcare provided to student athletes in secondary schools.
“The Georgia High School Association has shown great dedication to increasing the access high school students have to quality athletic healthcare and athletic trainers,” said NATA SSATC Chairman Bart Peterson. “This award recognizes the GHSA's consistent efforts to improve the level of healthcare available for athletes in our community.”
A recent study conducted by NATA and the Korey Stringer Institute shows that 35% of the nation's secondary schools have fulltime access to athletic training services and 31% have only parttime access. This leaves only 34% of our nation's schools without access to healthcare through an athletic trainer.
Previous awardees include former NATA President Jim Thornton, JenSchmidt and Molly Matson from Gatorade and Jeff Miller and Amy Jorgenson with The NFL Foundation.
The award will be presented at the 71st NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo taking place in Atlanta on June 18-20, 2020.