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Sports Medicine Manager at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton Named 'Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer'|
DENTON, Texas — During the 57th annual meeting and clinical symposium of the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA), George Young, ATC, LAT, M.Ed, sports medicine manager, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, was honored with one of three “Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer” awards.
“I am deeply humbled to have received such an award,” said Young. “For more than 44 years, I have been blessed to work in a field that I love, and I feel grateful to have invested my life’s work in the health and well-being of our youth.”
The plaque read, “For unique and exceptional contributions to the profession of Athletic Training and SWATA through dedication, passion and personal sacrifice.” The event recognized outstanding professionals from Arkansas and Texas for their significant contributions and dedicated service to the athletic training profession.
The "Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer" award was developed for the purpose of recognizing a member of District VI whose dedicated service, past achievements, and professional contributions have furthered the advancement of SWATA and the athletic training profession.
Candidates for the award must have a minimum 15 years of professional service to the athletic training profession, be a Certified or Associate member in good standing, have had elected, appointed, or volunteer service, and had significant contributions to SWATA, a not-for-profit organization that represents and supports members of the athletic training profession.
For nearly 18 years, Young has served as the sports medicine manager at Texas Health Denton. However, Young began his career as an athletic trainer in 1973 at Bay City High School. In 2006, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association awarded him the “Athletic Trainers’ Service Award.”
“George’s dedication and commitment to student athletes is unsurpassed,” said Stan Morton, president of Texas Health Denton. “We are tremendously proud of him for the work he does each day and for the positive influence he has had in the lives of so many young people throughout his career. He is truly a servant leader.”
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