Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts

The ATOM Scholarship and Awards Committees' main objective is to honor exemplary Certified and student Athletic Trainers in the state of Massachusetts, for their valued service and accomplishments. The committee helps recognize the extraordinary contributions to the profession by ATCs. We would also like to encourage student athletic trainers by offering 2 scholarships to assist them in their pursuit or their degree. The first annual scholarship was awarded at the state meeting in January 2001 and today we offer two $1,000.00 scholarships.

We are also trying to gain recognition at the national level, for Massachusetts ATCs by nominating worthy candidates for the NATA annual award. We cannot do this alone, we need your help! Please contact me with the names and contact information of worthy candidates. For more information on national awards, visit the NATA website. You can reach the committee chair, Kathleen Thornton (kpt1@comcast.net).

ATOM College Scholarship

  •  A $1000.00 scholarship is available and all students enrolled in a Professional Athletic Training Program at either the Baccalaureate or Master's degree level are eligible to apply fot the scholarship.   Information is sent to Program Directors and posted on the website in March. Applications are due November 1st. The award is given to a student in their last two years of their Professional preparation program, who is currently an ATOM member. The recipients are notified in the fall and the official presentation of the scholarship is at the EATA annual meeting in Januaury.
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D1 Charles J. Redmond Scholarship

ATOM/Collins Sports Medicine High School Athletic Training Grants

  • Two $1,000.00 awards. Information is posted on the website and in the newsletter in the summer and early fall. Applications are due November 1st. The application consists of a letter explaining their program, needs and ideas of what would be purchased with the money to improve their current situtation. This is a jointgrant with Collins Sports Medicine. The recipients are notified in December and the official presentation is done at in January at the EATA Annual Meeting.

ATOM ATC of the Year

  • Call for nominations is posted on the website and in the newsletter in the summer or early fall. Nominations are due November 1. Recipients are notified in December. The official presentation of awards plaque is done at the EATA Annual Meeting in January.

ATOM Service Award

  • Service awards are given to ATOM Board Members, Committee Members and/or other members in recognition of dedicated service to ATOM and the Athletic Training profession in Massachusetts. The official presentation of the award plaque is done at the EATA Annual Meeting in January.

Koko Kassabian Service Award

  • This award is given in honor of Kerkor Kassabian, who has since passed away.  His name is synonymous with the field of athletic training in New England. He was elected to the ATOM Hall of Fame for his many accomplishments in that discipline and the contributions he made to the profession through teaching.   Kassabian, the head athletic trainer at Northeastern from 1953 to 1965, was a member of the National Trainer's Association Hall of Fame, and an Associate Professor of Health, Sport and Leisure at the University, where he also directed the athletic training curriculum. A fixture at Northeastern since his undergraduate days in the late 1940's, Kassabian was a guiding force in the general area of Physical Education and a prime force behind the mushroom athletic training field, a tremendously popular one at Northeastern.  Through three decades of Athletic Training at Northeastern, Kassabian lent his expertise and experience to many different organizations, both public and private. Kassabian was an Athletic Trainer with the old Boston Olympics (1948-1951), Head Athletic Trainer for the Lowell Giants Football team (1967-68), City of Newton Pop Warner (1970-76), and Newton North High School (1970-71). He also was elected to innumerable professional offices: Eastern Athletic Trainers Association, Vice President 1957, President 1958; Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts, President 1978; United Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts, Director, 1974-76; Mass. Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Vice President, 1966, President 1972.
  • Criteria:

    This award may be granted to an individual, institution, organization or business who has demonstrated a long standing commitment of serving the physically active population through their association with the Athletic Training Profession. 

  • Minimal Requirements

    • 15 years of service
    • Three letters of support
    • For individual:
      • Evidence of service to profession on local, state, regional or national level
      • Evidence of service to patient population
      • Evidence of long term association with the profession of  Athletic Training
      • Evidence of prior recognition for service and accomplishments
    • For Institution, Organization or Business
      • Evidence of contributions made by faculty/staff, membership or employees to advancing the Athletic Training Profession
      • Evidence of contributions made by graduates (for institutions) to advancing the Athletic Training Profession
      • Evidence of long time association with the Athletic Training Profession

    Nomination Procedure   Please submit a detailed letter outlining the individuals / organization’s contributions in the areas listed above, and any other information you think is pertinent.  Please include the nominees name, address and place of employment.  Also include your name, email address and a number where you can be reached, incase the committee needs more information.  Please send to kpt1@comcast.net or 300C Faunce Corner Rd, North Dartmouth Ma 02747.

Sara Brown of Boston University (seated, 3rd from right) received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the NATA at the Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, June 2014.

 

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