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GLATA Offers Safe Sports School Grant Program PDF Print E-mail

Goals of the grant program: Increase the number of NATA 1st Team and 2nd Team Safe Sports School Awards presented to GLATA secondary schools.  As of June 2014, a total of 199 schools have been recognized as Safe Sports Schools by the NATA with 14 (7% of total) of these coming from GLATA.


Details of the grant program: Funding is available for a total of sixty (60) grants, with ten (10) grants designated for each state within the GLATA.  The grant shall pay the entire $150 application fee for the NATA Safe Sports School program.  Funding preference will be given to schools meeting all criteria for 1st team selection, however, all schools meeting 2ndteam criteria are encouraged to apply.


The grant application period will open December 1st, 2014 and close June 1st, 2015.  After March 1st, 2015 any state designated grant that has not been awarded will be allocated to a general grant pool and available to be awarded to any school within the GLATA district.


Once a school has been awarded the Safe Sports School designation from the NATA, a representative from the school will work directly with the GLATA Public Relations (PR) Committee Chair and respective state association PR representatives to draft an appropriate public relations portfolio (press release, photography, videography, social media, etc).


Recognition of GLATA as the funding source is required for all grant winners.   The phrase, “Funding for this award was provided by the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association” should be added to any print or digital material produced by the school recognizing the Safe Sports School Award.


Click here for more information and/or an application form.

President Obama Announces NATA/NFL/PFATS Collaboration PDF Print E-mail

May 29th, 2014

President Obama Announces NATA/NFL/PFATS Collaboration

Today, a representative from NATA attended the first-ever White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, designed in part to raise awareness of steps to prevent, identify and respond to concussions in young people.

NATA, in conjunction with the Professional Football Athletic Trainers' Society (PFATS), will support a national initiative to place athletic trainers in underserved high schools in NFL markets during the 2014 football season.  The National Football League Foundation and NFL teams will provide $1 million, with NATA adding another $125,000, to improve the health and welfare of those student athletes.

While your NATA staff continues to work diligently with the NFL on the details of the collaboration, we are thrilled that President Obama incorporated this initiative into his remarks during the Healthy Kids and Concussion Summit.

Read more about this exciting development, which includes additional press releases and relevant news stories by accessing our NATA Now blog here<>.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 03:50
2014 MATA Golf Tournament & Dinner PDF Print E-mail

22nd Annual

MATA Golf Tournament & Dinner!

Great Course!  Great People!  Great Event

Tuesday June 17th

Bunker Hills Golf Club, Coon Rapids, MN

Registration begins at 11:00 AM

Free Driving Range at 11:30 AM

Shotgun Start at 1 p.m.

Silent Auction, Dinner & Golf Awards at 6:00 PM

Fee:  Individual     $100.00
MATA ATC              $80.00

(includes: green fees, cart, prizes & dinner)

Dinner Only             $20.00

Contact Troy Banse at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Online Registration begins Thursday, May 1st


Download information & registration form here

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 03:48
St. Scholastica 2014 MATA Quiz Bowl Champions PDF Print E-mail

Congratulations to the College of St. Scholastica for successfully defending it's 2013 MATA Quiz Bowl Championship with a similar performance on February 9th at the Student Symposium held on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth.


Posing with their championship plaque are team members Christina Hirsch, Adrienne Gahm and Brianna Stein.  Not pictured was alternate Corey Lakin.

The College of St. Scholastica now represents Minnesota at the GLATA Quiz Bowl Competition which will be held on Friday, March 14 in Wheeling, IL.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 17:48
Westermann honored with Zamberletti Award PDF Print E-mail


Pictured L to R:  Jim Marshall, MATA Hall of Fame Member

and previous Zamberletti Award recipient;  Fred Zamberletti,

MATA Hall of Fame Member in whose name the award

is given, Scott Westermann, the 2013 Zamberletti Award

Recipient; and MATA Past-President Brent Milliken,

a member of the Awards Committee for the

National Football Foundation of Minnesota.


Scott Westermann received the 2013 Fred Zamberletti Award by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation.  This award, named after the legendary athletic trainer for the Minnesota Vikings, honors an athletic trainer who has had strong impact in the athletic training profession.   Scott was recognized at the 6th Annual "Honoring Legends, Inspiring Leaders" awards event on April 28th at the new James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall in the Anderson Student Center at the University of St. Thomas.


Westermann has had a long career working in the Minnesota athletic community, beginning in 1988.  At various points in his career, he has provided athletic training services to several Twin Cities-area high schools, Augsburg College, the University of Minnesota and the National Football League as a concussion spotter during Minnesota Vikings' games.


Westermann joins former Fred Zamberletti Award Winners Gary Reinholtz, Gordy Graham, Jim Marshall, Gary Smith and Neal Dutton.  Congratulations Scott!


Scott Westermann's family (L to R):  Scott, wife, Cyndi,

father, Marvin and mother, Elda Westermann

Click here for the full press release.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 July 2013 16:41
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