NYS Athletic Trainers' Association Announces 2015 Scholarship and Award Winners during Regional Conference

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The New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association (NYSATA) announced its three annual scholarship winners and one professional award during the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA) Conference in January. NYSATA is happy to promote these recent honors during National Athletic Training Month (NATM) this March.

Said Hamdan (left), NYSATA's 2015 Sheehan Award winner, being recognized by NYSATA President, Aimee Brunelle.

On Saturday, January 10, 2015, NYSATA announced and recognized the recipients of its 2015 awards and scholarships during the New York state business meeting at the eastern regional athletic training (EATA) conference in Philadelphia, PA. Plaques were presented to the professional award winner and three student scholarship recipients and NYSATA is proud to promote recognition for these deserving individuals during National Athletic Training Month (NATM).

The Thomas J. Sheehan Award is presented to an athletic trainer whose character, commitment and achievements in the athletic training (AT) profession clearly exemplify the exceptional traits of Thomas J. Sheehan Sr., who is one of the founding fathers of the AT Profession nationally and in NYS and was a long-time Head Athletic Trainer at RPI. NYSATA is proud to honor Said Hamdan with the 2015 Sheehan Award. Hamdan currently serves as the Director of the Health and Wellness Institute at Long Island University (LIU), as well as the Medical Coordinator for Referee Operations for the National Basketball Association (NBA). Throughout his 28+ year career as an athletic trainer in New York State, he has worked for a number of institutions and organizations in addition to his current positions, including, the New York Knickerbockers, I.C.E. Sports Health Group, and St. John’s University. Hamdan also has volunteered his time and energy for a number of professional service activities and positions over the years, including various NYSATA committees and Region Representative, Northeast Conference Athletic Trainers’ Association Past-President, New York City Public School Athletic League Sports Medicine Task Force, United States Olympic Committee (Lake Placid), and volunteer AT for the World Cup Qualifiers and 1992 World Cup (Giants Stadium).

NYSATA awards three undergraduate AT student scholarships annually, which were also recognized during the New York state meeting. The 2015 NYSATA Scholarship went to Samantha Calvet of Hofstra University. Calvet, a third-year student in the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP), has earned a remarkable grade point average of 3.8 while also being a varsity student-athlete. As part of her education program, Calvet has provided care to women’s lacrosse and men’s basketball at Hofstra as well as work with the wrestling program at Nassau Community College. One of her faculty mentors describes her as “mature, reliable, and professional” and notes further that she is someone who “never gives up on a problem and has an unquenchable thirst to learn.”

Daniel Camillone of the College at Brockport was awarded the 2015 Ed Abramoski Scholarship, named after the legendary former Buffalo Bills Head AT. Currently in his second year in the ATEP at Brockport, Camillone holds an impressive 3.91 GPA and has been placed on the Dean’s List with honors. He has volunteered at the NYS Games for the Physically Challenged and provided care to Brockport’s women’s gymnastics, wrestling and soccer teams as part of his AT education. Camillone was noted by one of his professors as “a comprehensive student engaged in a variety of activities on campus, including the leadership development program at the College.”

The recipient of the 2015 NATA District 2 Scholarship for NYS was Bennett Quigley of Canisius College. Quigley is currently in his second year in Canisius’ ATEP and has achieved a sensational 3.93 GPA, earning him high honors with distinction. Bennett, who has provided care to a variety of sports teams within his educational program, was named the Canisius College Athletic Training MVP for the 2013-14 school year. His clinical mentor describes him as displaying “not only outstanding intellectual ability and drive to excel, but also clinical and empirical knowledge on a level that puts him in an elite group of [up-and-coming] health care profession students.”

Please join us in congratulating our 2015 Award and Scholarship recipients on their achievements, service, drive and contributions to the profession of athletic training!

NYSATA, founded in 1976 and incorporated in 1989, stands to advance, encourage and improve the profession of athletic training (AT) by developing the common interests of its membership for the purpose of enhancing the quality of healthcare for the physically active in NYS. Athletic training is practiced by certified athletic trainers (ATs), who have expertise in the assessment, emergency management, rehabilitation and prevention of acute and chronic sport-related injuries, illnesses and conditions, including concussions. Comprised of over 1,200 certified and practicing athletic trainers, NYSATA is the state-wide affiliate of the regional EATA and District Two of the NATA.

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