2017 Events

NATA Foundation 2017 Events

NATA Foundation Wild West Casino Night

Presented by 

Wednesday, June 28th at 7:30pm
Location: The Ballroom at Bayou Place
Directions from the convention center

Let’s saddle up to the bar for some beer, Texas BBQ and a night in the wild west complete with dancing, longhorn steers and a casino. Dust off your boots and cowboy hats and join us for an evening of fun, fellowship and celebration.


NATA Foundation 5K Fueled by Gatorade

Create your fundraising page today to be eligible for the awesome incentive prizes listed below!


Thursday, June 29th at 6:00 am
Location: Buffalo Bayou Park map
1800 Allen Pkwy & Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77019


Silent Auction

Online bidding has begun!  Check out all of our items and get ready to bid!

Stop by the NATA Foundation Silent Auction in Hall C to browse and bid on an array of items. Can’t make it to Houston – no worries. The NATA Foundation Silent Auction is open to the public!  If you are in Houston, come see our sports memorabilia, vacations and experiences all across the United States – there is something for everyone. Bid often and share with your network of friends to help us reach our $20,000 goal!

Onsite dates and times:
Tuesday, June 27        8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday, June 28   8:00 am – 4:00 pm  Bidding will end at 4:00 pm
Thursday, June 29       10:00 am – 1:00 pm  Winners can pick up items or we will ship them to you after convention!

All items will be on display for the duration of the event in a secured area outside the entrance to the trade show hall.


Take a Photo, make an Impact

Donate a photo every day between June 26-August 26 to help the NATA Foundation raise up to $15,000.

  • Download Johnson & Johnson’s Donate a Photo app in the App Store or Google Play.
  • Choose the NATA Foundation as your cause.
  • Upload a photo – any photo!

Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 per photo uploaded, raising up to $15,000 for athletic training research and scholarships. You can donate a photo to the NATA Foundation once per day for the length of the campaign.

Make sure to share your photos on social media using #DonateAPhoto, #JNJ and #NATAFND to help us spread the word.


NATA Foundation Booth

Visit our booth in Hall C to learn more about the important work the NATA Foundation is doing on behalf of your profession.

Tuesday, June 27        10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Board Member and State Ambassador Meet and Greet 10:30am-11:30am
Wednesday, June 28   10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, June 29       10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Research/Faculty Mentor Luncheon

Tuesday, June 27, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm GRBCC Room 320C (***THIS IS A NEW LOCATION***)
The mission of the NATA Foundation Research/Faculty mentor program is to provide guidance and mentorship to junior faculty members (pre-tenured; less than 6 years of experience as a faculty member) involved in higher education within the athletic training profession.

The NATA Foundation Research/Faculty Mentor Program pairs junior faculty members with established faculty who will provide guidance, advice and assistance in navigating the first several years of employment within higher education. The goal is to form a lasting relationship to help the mentee build a solid knowledge base and acquire an understanding of the balance necessary to becoming a successful researcher and educator. Direction of the relationship and areas of focus will be built upon the mutual interests and goals of the pairings.

Information is here on our website.

NATA Foundation Distinguished Scholar Lecture Exchange

Tuesday, June 27, 1:30pm-3:30pm GRBCC Room 360

The Lecture Exchange Program provides athletic trainers with an opportunity to learn about cutting edge research from other health care professionals. It also allows members from these groups to benefit from athletic training speakers who represent the profession by giving presentations at their annual meetings.

This session has two components. The first consists of presentations by our exchange lecturers who represent:

  • The American College of Sports Medicine
  • The American Medical Society of Sports Medicine and
  • The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

The second portion of the session includes the recognition of our 2017 research award recipients; Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research: Darin A. Padua, PhD, ATC;

New Investigator Award: David R. Bell, PhD, ATC; The David H. Perrin Doctoral Dissertation Award: Luke T. Donovan, PhD, ATC.  These presentations will be followed by the Journal of Athletic Training Awards and the Student Free Communication Awards.

Pinky Newell Student Leadership Breakfast

Thursday, June 29, 8:30 am-9:45 am  –  Free (reservations required)
Presented by the NATA Foundation and the NATA Young Professionals Committee

Join the NATA Foundation and the NATA Young Professionals Committee at this networking event recognizing NATA Foundation Scholarship Recipients, Bobby Gunn Student Leadership Awards, Athletic Training Student Challenge Awards and the Deloss Brubaker Awards for Undergraduate Student Writing.

Free Communication Program

Learn more about the NATA Foundation’s Free Communications Program in the research portion of the website.

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