2014 Challenge Results

Congratulations to 2014 Athletic Training Student Challenge winners:

2014 Overall Athletic Training Student Challenge Winner (largest gift to the Annual Fund)
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, North Carolina

 

2014 Highest Endowment Contribution
Florida International University
Miami, Florida

 

2014 Highest Contribution from First-Time Participant
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana

And thank you to ALL schools who participated in this year’s Challenge:

  • Aurora University
  • Florida International University
  • Indiana University
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Montana
  • Univrsity of Wisconsin
  • Western Carolina University

Now…Who's Ready for the 2015 Challenge?

Support the NATA Foundation AND Help the Capital Campaign!

Are you interested in finding a meaningful activity for your athletic training student organization while taking part in a grassroots fundraising effort?

The 2015 Athletic Training Student Challenge offers your club a unique opportunity to support the NATA Foundation by raising money to help our organization meet its goals. Last year's efforts raised more than $9,000 for the NATA Foundation's annual fund and endowment program. We're hoping that, with your help, the 2015 challenge will be even bigger and better!

As an ATSC participant, your donation can be made to the 2015 Annual Fund, to help the NATA Foundation with important initiatives like education, mentorship, research and scholarship programs. Or your school can elect to designate its donation to go directly to one of our NATA Foundation research or scholarship endowments that hasn't yet been fully funded. (Please click here for a full list of endowments.) Not only will this help the endowment get closer to completion, the student club will be part of history by contributing to a research or scholarship that will be granted in perpetuity.

Goal of the Program
To provide an avenue for athletic training students to actively support the NATA Research & Education Foundation, while engaging with other schools in a "friendly competition."

How Does It Work?
All college/university athletic training student groups are invited to compete. Program Directors will issue the challenge to their respective student leaders. The groups will then organize and implement fundraising campaigns during the Spring 2015 semester. The money raised from this initiative will go to either the unrestricted accounts of the NATA Foundation or to the endowment of the club's choice.

How Do the Students Benefit?
In addition to our First Place Overall winner, we will also offer two special recognitions. Details are outlined below.

First Place Overall: Highest Total Contribution to the Annual Fund For the school that donates the most unrestricted (non-endowment) funds to the NATA Foundation's Annual Fund. The first place team will:

  • Have its picture published on the AT Student Challenge website and in an issue of the NATA News;
  • Be recognized at the 2014 NATA Annual Meeting during the Pinky Newell Scholarship & Student Leadership Breakfast;
  • Receive a commemorative plaque; and
  • Receive four (4) complimentary conference registrations to any state, district or national athletic training meetings for student members of the NATA, not to exceed $500 total for the group.

Top Contribution to an Endowment For the school that donates the most funds to a research or scholarship endowment. The team will:

  • Have its picture published on the AT Student Challenge website and in an issue of the NATA News;
  • Be recognized at the 2014 NATA Annual Meeting during the Pinky Newell Scholarship & Student Leadership Breakfast; and
  • Receive a commemorative plaque.

Top Contribution from a First-Time Participant For the school competing in the challenge for the first-time that donates the biggest gift to an endowment or the annual fund.  The team will:

  • Have its picture published on the AT Student Challenge website and in an issue of the NATA News;
  • Be recognized at the 2014 NATA Annual Meeting during the Pinky Newell Scholarship & Student Leadership Breakfast; and
  • Receive a commemorative plaque.

In addition, each school will receive a check for 10% (up to $100) of its total contribution for the student organization to use for local programs and activities.

The Rules
1. Any group representing students enrolled in an athletic training education program is eligible to participate.

2. Each group must conduct fundraising programs that operate within the rules established by its sponsoring institution.

3. Groups must complete and submit a non-binding “Intent to Participate Form” by February 28, 2015. Fundraising may begin as soon as the form is submitted.

4. Donations to the NATA Foundation on behalf of a participating institution may be submitted multiple times during the challenge period from October 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015. A “Donation Submission Form” (provided upon submission of the Intent to Participate) must accompany each group of contributions/checks mailed to the NATA Foundation.

5. Any “Donation Submission Form” received after April 30, 2015 will not be counted toward the 2015 Athletic Training Student Challenge.

6. Winners will be notified in early May 2015.

7. In the event of a tie, a drawing will be used to determine the institution that will receive free registrations. All winning schools will be recognized in appropriate ceremonies and publications.

Get Started Today!
Please review, complete and submit the Intent To Participate Form. The sooner you submit your form, the sooner you may begin raising funds!

Please contact NATA Foundation Director Rachael R. Oats with any questions.