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Canisius College athletic trainer Andy Smith has been selected as one of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association’s 2015 Athletic Trainer Service Award recipients, announced on Thursday by the association.

The Athletic Trainer Service Award recognizes NATA members for their contributions to the athletic training profession as a volunteer at the local and state levels. These recipients have been involved in professional associations, community organizations, grassroots public relations efforts and service as a volunteer athletic trainer. Candidates must have held the certified athletic trainer (ATC) credential, conferred by the Board of Certification, and have been an NATA member, both for at least 20 years.

“We are always excited to recognize the dedication, excellence, inspirational outlook and commitment of our honorees, and this year is no exception. These recipients serve as role models to their peers and represent some of the best of the best of the athletic training profession,” said NATA Honors & Awards Committee Chair Chuck Kimmel. “We know they will continue to contribute to their place of work and their community at large in ensuring quality of care and optimal health moving into the years ahead.”

A 1989 graduate of Canisius, Smith finished his 19th year in 2015 as a trainer with the Griffs. As the school’s head athletic trainer, Smith oversees coverage of all 16 Golden Griffin programs, working directly with the cross country and women’s lacrosse teams. He also administers and oversees the student-athlete accident insurance and NCAA and Canisius College Drug Testing programs.

The Western New York native also serves as an adjunct professor for athletic training curriculums through the Joint Review Committee on Athletic Training.

The presentation will be made during NATA’s 66th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in St. Louis on June 25, 2015.

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