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SLU AT Faculty Member Honored by NATA

Kitty Newsham, Ph.D., ATC, an associate professor in Saint Louis University's athletic training program, has received the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award.

Newsham was one of 15 individuals to be given the award this year. She was honored during the 2016 NATA Convention in Baltimore, MD in June.

The award recognizes NATA members who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and professional activities as an athletic trainer.

We are fortunate to have such an outstanding athletic trainer, teacher and scholar at Saint Louis University."

Anthony Breitbach, Ph.D.,  Athletic Training Program Director

Recipients of the award have been involved in service and leadership activities at both the national and community levels. 

"There are some very impressive names on the list of award recipients," Newsham said. "I was surprised when I received my nomination. It is quite an honor to be included in this group."

In order to receive this award, each winner was first nominated by a peer and supported by three professional advocates. A review committee then evaluated each nominee's service on a national and regional level. It weighed leadership positions and the impact of each nominee's activities and service to the profession. To even be considered, a nominee must be a certified member of the NATA for at least 20 years.

Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program Director Anthony Breitbach, Ph.D., ATC, was excited to see Newsham's  hard work and dedication honored by the NATA.

 "We are fortunate to have such an outstanding athletic trainer, teacher and scholar at Saint Louis University," he said.