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Local Athletic Trainer Receives National Recognition

June 28, 2011

Augusta, GA  – Every year thousands of high school athletic trainers stay hopeful of winning a National Athletic Trainers’ Association award, and this year one Augusta athletic trainer received that special honor. 

Following years of hard work and dedication, Doctors Hospital is proud to announce one of its Sports Medicine team members, Jessica Kirby, has received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Secondary School Service Award.  This award is one of the highest honors an athletic trainer can receive working in the high school setting.  The annual award recognizes a certified athletic trainer who has provided outstanding service and dedication to their school.

“We are so incredibly proud of Jessica for all she has done for this hospital as well as the community and this just proves that her hard work and dedication doesn’t go unnoticed,” says Elizabeth Lamb, Director of Sports Medicine and Rehab Health Centers at Doctors Hospital.  Kirby began her career with Doctors Hospital in 2008, starting with Aquinas High School then moving to Grovetown High School where she started the sports medicine program from scratch and currently serves as their athletic trainer. 

“This is such an honor, I never imagined I would win such a prestigious award,” says Jessica Kirby, NATA award winner.  “This has been a great experience and I am still in shock that I won an award for doing something that I love.  It’s not often people get to experience something like this, and I am humbled to even have been nominated.”       

Kirby, who was unable to attend the National Athletic Trainers’ Association National Convention in New Orleans, received a phone call informing her of the award.