Our Purpose

The Maine Athletic Trainers Association (MATA) is dedicated to the advancement of athletic training with the purpose of providing healthcare for Maine’s physically active. The MATA will continue to provide professional programs and educational opportunities while maintaining a high degree of competency within the field of athletic training. ​

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The Bill Cox Service Award


Bill Cox Bill worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer for Maine General Sports Medicine in Waterville serving Waterville High School and other area schools beginning in the summer of 1990. Bill established a scholarship for central Maine athletes and tirelessly promoted careers in sports medicine at career days. His passion for the profession of Athletic Training and his thirst for knowledge set him apart. Bill was the consummate professional who earned the respect of not only his peers but of the many students, parents, coaches, administrators, and physicians he came in contact with during his professional career. He was always there for his athletes at Waterville High School. He never worked just the contract; he bled purple. He was always available for them, and went to as many physician appointments as possible with them. He cared about those kids more than most would ever think of doing.Another thing that we all loved about Bill was his smile, his laugh and his good-naturedness. The ability to sit and talk with Bill and enjoy his company was yet another thing those who knew him loved about him. More importantly, Bill was a warm and loving husband to Donna and father to their three children, Thomas, Benjamin, and Sarah. It was rare to not see Bill walk into an athletic event and not see his family there with him supporting not only the Waterville Purple Panthers, but also the profession that Bill was so passionate about.

 


The purpose of the Bill Cox Service Award is to recognize a Certified Athletic Trainer or other athletic health care provider who has enhanced athletic health care and made significant contributions to the professional development and advancement of the Athletic Training profession. 

 


Criteria

  • Certified Athletic Trainer or other health care provider within the sports medicine field;

  • Inspires others through his/her dedication, commitment and work ethic;

  • Maintains the highest level of professional service and standards of professional practice;

  • Has provided outstanding service to their employer and to the profession of Athletic Training;

  • Have, through their actions, helped to create a better environment for their colleagues, athletes/patients, and community.


Deadline for nominations: February 15 
 

Questions?

Kristen Bailey

mataawards@gmail.com

Past Recipients

2019

Kate Anagnostis, Mt. Ararat High School
 

2018

Brad Gallant, Maine General Medical Center

2017

Rich Garini, ATC, CEAS

2016

Kyle Gilson, MS, ATC, LAT

2015

Steve Tosi, Maine General Sports Medicine


2014

Ben Towne, University of Southern Maine


2013

Dr. Chris Lutrzykowski, Maine General Sports Medicine 


2012

Paula Linder, University of Maine  


2011

Arlene Verre, Kennebunk High School


2010

Timothy Weston, Colby College


2009

John Ryan, Bangor High School


2008

Chris Sementelli, Maine General Medical Center 


2006

Audrey McKenzie, Portland High School


2005

Richard Young, University of Maine


2004

Brian Bachelder, University of New England

Kyle A. Gilson, MS, ATC

2016

Rich Garini, ATC

2017