Ken Locker receives Volunteer of the Year Award from National Athletic Trainers Association

Ken Locker, sports medicine services coordinator for the Baylor-Tom Landry Fitness Center and Baylor SportsCare was recognized by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Foundation board as recipient of the 2001 Volunteer of the Year Award during the NATA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California in June. NATA’s mission is to enhance the quality of health care for athletes and those engaged in physical activity, and to advance the profession of athletic training through education and research in the preparation, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of injuries. NATA serves more than 26,000 members and nearly 20,000 certified athletic trainers. The Volunteer of the Year Award annually honors a Foundation volunteer who has contributed to the Foundation’s success in an exceptional manner. Criteria include commitment to the mission of the Foundation, exceptional effort and/or achievement in his/her volunteer responsibilities and dedication to excellence. ‘Ken Locker is extremely generous with his time and personal resources in support of the Foundation, especially the student scholarship program,’ said John Oliver, director of the NATA Foundation. ‘His dedication and tireless efforts exemplify the true meaning of volunteerism and the Foundation is proud to award him this most deserved recognition.’ ‘I am honored to receive the NATA Volunteer of the Year Award,’ said Ken Locker. ‘Athletic trainers perform a critical role in preventing and treating athletic injuries of the young athletes in our schools and local sports clubs, and I am proud to give of my time and resources in support of the success and growth of this profession.’ In addition to his work with NATA, Locker manages Baylor SportsCare, a community service program that works with schools, sports teams and other organizations by providing education programs, event sponsorship and promotion, and athletic trainer coverage. The Baylor SportsCare staff also helps individuals’ access sports medicine physicians and services throughout the Baylor Health Care System. Locker was assistant athletic trainer for the Dallas Cowboys from 1973 to1990 and has worked in seven National Football Conference (NFC) Championship games, three Super Bowls and two Pro Bowls. For more information, contact Jodi Benefiel at 214-821-3200

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