Athletic Training Program receives honor from high school association

Accepting the award from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association are (from left) students Tiffany Whitt, Katie Sapp and Ke’La Porter; Athletic Training Program director Melissa Snyder; and student Kortnie Blanchard.

Western Carolina University’s Athletic Training Program was honored as recipient of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Commissioner’s Choice Award during a ceremony held May 2 at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill.

The award was presented in recognition of the patient care and sports medicine services that have been provided by the program’s students and faculty at state cross country and wrestling tournaments since the program’s inception in 2004. On hand to accept the honor during the NCHSAA’s annual meeting were program director Melissa Snyder and four athletic training students – Ke’La Porter, Kortnie Blanchard, Katie Sapp and Tiffany Whitt.

WCU’s athletic training students also serve NCHSAA institutions regularly through their clinical education experiences by providing services to middle school and high school athletic teams with prevention, evaluation and rehabilitation.