Message from the President:
Just a quick update from the Executive Board. Things are getting busy for all of us this time of year but some important things for you to know:
- KATS had to reschedule the first Hit the Hill Day because of an ice storm to March 6th, 2019. There is still time to sign up. This is an important day and we have a lot of stuff going on in the Capitol to promote our profession. If you can come even for part of the day it will be helpful! Please email Haley Timmons (email@example.com) to get registered. There is still some funding available to help offset travel costs and a free CEU/social the night before for those who travel in early.
- National Athletic Training Month is just about a week away – what are you doing to promote the profession? Please do something in your area whether it is educational, fun, or just public awareness to spread the word about all the good things you are doing.
- The Executive Board is doing a NATM contest this year focused on the Stop the Bleed trainings. This program is designed to educate the public on proper management of major wounds. Click here to see how you can win free registration to the November Symposium. Each time you tweet or post on Facebook, please include #ATsAreHealthCare, #NATM2019, and tag KATS to be registered for the giveaways.
- Are you in the secondary school setting? Have you been recognized as a Safe School Sports Award winner yet? There are grants available through the district and KATS to offset the costs of doing this. It is great PR for you, your school, and the district. Please consider doing this. If you have questions contact Justin Clark, Secondary School Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- We are now accepting applications for people/organizations who would like to host the November Symposium in 2019. The board will start reviewing applications April 15th.
- Please take a minute to also congratulate our MAATA level award winners for 2019: Mark Padfield is receiving the Dr. Denis “Izzy” Isrow Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award; Dr. Phillip Vardiman receiving the Athletic Training Educator of the Year Award. They both will be recognized at the MAATA Hall of Fame Dinner. Please try to attend and recognize their hard work and dedication!
Hope to see everyone in Tulsa!
-Karen Garrison, MA, LAT, ATC