Honors & Awards

2017 SDATA Award Winners

The SDATA is honored to recognize the following individuals for their hard work in supporting and advancing the athletic training profession in South Dakota. The 2017 SDATA award winners are:

Friends of Athletic Training:

  • Dr. Jonathan Olson – Aberdeen, SD
  • Dr. Bradley Reeves – Sioux Falls, SD
  • Dr. Stephen Foley – Sioux Falls, SD
  • Dr. Keith Baumgarten – Sioux Falls, SD

Male Iron Will:

  • Tayton Vincent – Sioux Valley HS
  • Terry Truex – Orthopedic Institute

Female Iron Will:

  • Shannon Sokolowski – Irene Wakonda HS
  • Darred Nelson – Orthopedic Institute

Athletic Training Student of the Year:

  • Kayla Schaunaman – SDSU

Athletic Training Educator of the Year:

  • Brad Pfeifle – Orthopedic Institute, SDSU

Athletic Trainer of the Year:

  • Steve Fryberger – Pro-PT, Huron School District

Congratulations to all the award winners.

L-R: Dr. Keith Baumgarten, Brad Pfeifle, Steve Fryberger, Terry Truex, Tayton Vincent, Shannon Sokolowski, Darred Nelson, Kayla Schaunaman, Dr. Bradley Reeves
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SDATA Annual Honors & Awards

SDATA Athletic Trainer of the Year Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a member of the South Dakota Athletic Trainers Association for their service to the SDATA and/or outstanding contribution to the profession of athletic training.

Nomination and Selection Process:

  1. Nomination application must be completed and submitted electronically to the SDATA Honors and AwardsCommittee by deadline provided on application.
  2. The SDATA Honors and Awards Committee will review all nomination applications submitted by deadlineand a recipient will be selected.
  3. The SDATA Honors and Awards Committee need not select a recipient every year.

SDATA Athletic Training Student of the Year

The purpose of this award is to recognize an athletic training student for their involvement in the athletic training profession at the School, State, or District level.

Nomination and Selection Process:

  1. Nomination application must be completed and submitted electronically to the SDATA Honors and Awards Committee by deadline provided on application.
  2. The SDATA Honors and Awards Committee will review all nomination applications submitted by deadline and a recipient will be selected.
  3. The SDATA Honors and Awards Committee need not select a recipient every year.

SDATA Athletic Training Educator of the Year Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an athletic training instructor or preceptor for their outstanding dedication to the development of athletic training students and the profession of athletic training.

Nomination and Selection Process:

  1. Nomination application must be completed and submitted electronically to the SDATA Honors and Awards Committee by deadline provided on application.
  2. The SDATA Honors and Awards Committee will review all nomination applications submitted by deadline and a recipient will be selected.
  3. The SDATA Honors and Awards Committee need not select a recipient every year.

SDATA Friends of Athletic Training Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual for making significant contributions to the profession of athletic training in South Dakota.

Nomination and Selection Process:

  1. Nomination application must be completed and submitted electronically to the SDATA Honors and Awards Committee by deadline provided on application.
  2. The SDATA Honors and Awards Committee will review all nomination applications submitted by deadline and a recipient will be selected.
  3. The SDATA Honors and Awards Committee need not select a recipient every year.

SDATA Iron Will Award

The SDATA Iron Will Award serves to honor those outstanding high school or college athletes that have successfully returned to competition following a serious athletic injury. It also serves to honor the certified athletic trainer who played a major role in working with the athlete.

Nomination and Selection Process:

  1. Nomination application must be completed and submitted electronically to the SDATA Honors and Awards Committee by deadline provided on application.
  2. The SDATA Honors and Awards Committee will review all nomination applications submitted by deadline and a recipient will be selected.
  3. The SDATA Honors and Awards Committee need not select a recipient every year.

SDATA Unsung Hero Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a member of the South Dakota Athletic Trainers Association for their actions in an emergency or life threatening situation. The goal is to highlight the important role athletic trainers serve in helping keep athletes, coaches, spectators and patients safe.

Nomination and Selection Process:

  1. Nomination application must be completed and submitted electronically to the SDATA Honors and Awards Committee by deadline provided on application.
  2. The SDATA Honors and Awards Committee will review all nomination applications submitted by deadline and a recipient will be selected.
  3. The SDATA Honors and Awards Committee need not select a recipient every year.
  4. The SDATA Honors and Awards Committee may choose to select more than one recipient per year.
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