Since 1974, the NCATA has served to support athletic trainers, to promote and advance the profession of athletic training in North Carolina. The NCATA is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers Association (District 3) and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.     

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NCATA Award Winners

The North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association held its annual meeting in Wrightsville Beach this past weekend in conjunction with National Athletic Training Month.  The highlight of the weekend was the announcement of the annual awards presented by the association.


Athletic Trainer of the Year was presented in two categories: 

  • Secondary Schools Outreach – Nick Martin, Carolina’s Healthcare System
  • Clinic/Emerging Practices – Dr. Ashley Long Sweeney, Mt. Olive Family Medicine Center Concussion Clinic
  • The Educator of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Sharon Rogers Moore of East Carolina University
  • Ron Butler of Pitt County Schools was named Sports Medicine Person of the Year.  Butler was hired as the county Athletics Director for Pitt County Schools in 2008 following the tragic death of Jaquan Waller. He has developed ingenious strategies intended to affect community education and awareness related to sport-related head injuries.
  • Sentara Sports Medicine and Orthopedics of Elizabeth City was recognized with the Corporate Service Award.
  • The Presidential Scholarship for Leadership was presented to Samantha Milbourn, a first year graduate at University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
  • The Hall of Fame Scholarship for Academic Excellence was presented to Markel Cureton, a  junior at University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • The Lifesaver of the Year Award was presented to Emily Gaddy from Orange High School in Hillsborough for her management of traumatic brain injuries.
  • Lifesaver Recognition Award was presented to Kelly Daniels from Perquimans High School in Elizabeth City for her management of a traumatic cervical spine injury.
  • The NC Collegiate Athletic Training Quiz Bowl winners were the students from Western Carolina University.   


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