Athletic Trainers’ Publications Recognize Concord University’s Athletic Training Program

For Immediate Release: 
Jun 04 2015

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         





ATHENS, W.Va. – The Concord University Athletic Training Program was recognized in the May 2015 issue of NATA News, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s monthly members’ publication, for its participation in the West Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (WVATA) annual meeting in Flatwoods, W.Va.

At the conference, Kara Broughman (May 2015 graduate) was awarded the West Virginia Athletic Training Student of the Year Award.  Broughman, along with Joe Sweet (2014-15 junior), and Sami Spertzel (May 2015 graduate), won the student’s State Quiz Bowl.

Concord’s program was again recognized in the WVATA Spring Newsletter for representing the University and the State of West Virginia at the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) Symposium in the District Three Quiz Bowl and Athletic Training Student Olympics in Virginia Beach, Va. This District includes all educational athletic training programs and professionals from West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Washington, D.C.

Sweet, Broughman, and Spertzel placed third in the Quiz Bowl competition. The next day at the convention Adam Gellios (2014-15 sophomore), Sweet, and Spertzel competed with students from the University of Charleston (Olivia Hawley, Darian Apperson, Paula Ord, all 2014-15 sophomores) to represent West Virginia in the Athletic Training Student Olympics. This is a skills relay event that encourages student involvement and entertainment at the convention.

West Virginia’s team was also granted a five second head start in the relay as the result of collecting more aluminum can tabs than any other state during a district wide service project to raise awareness and funds for the Ronald McDonald House to support the families of seriously ill or injured children receiving medical treatment in local hospitals.

Photo attached below.


Shown, back row, left to right are Olivia Hawley (UC), Darian Apperson (UC), Adam Gellios (Concord), Paula Ord (UC), Sami Spertzer (Concord), and Joe Sweet (Concord), and in front, Kara Broughman, MAATA Student Rep (Concord) competing at the MAATA District III Student Olympics in Virginia Beach, Va. on May 30, 2015.



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