Athletic Training Student Wins NCATA Presidential Scholarship for Leadership Award

Athletic Training Student Wins NCATA Presidential Scholarship for Leadership Award

4/21 - Benjamin Williams, a senior in the Athletic Training program, won the NC Athletic Trainer’s Association (NCATA) Presidential Scholarship for Leadership Award at the NCATA’s 2021 virtual awards ceremony.

The Presidential Award recognizes any business, medical practices, organizations or individual that have supported healthcare services above and beyond the expected in support of athletic trainers and the athletic training community.

“This award means so much to me, because It doesn’t just recognize me, but it recognizes the outstanding athletic training program I learned from,” Williams said. “I think it is so important to remember where you started.”

Athletic Training Program Coordinator Steven Zinder said of Williams, “I have been in athletic training education for more than 20 years. With his combination of work ethic, intelligence, leadership and engaging personality, Ben belongs on the short list of the best students I’ve ever had.”

CHHS Dean Charles Hardy said, “Benjamin has developed a reputation within our college and across the athletic training degree program, the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences and the university. Benjamin seeks out opportunities for campus involvement and leadership driven by his desire to help others. Benjamin’s high level of academic achievement, leadership, well-rounded human services perspective and passion for helping others will serve as an asset to athletic training cohort of scholars.”

Williams says of the athletic training program, “UNCW’s undergraduate athletic training program may be phasing out, but our program will be remembered. This recognition did not come easy, but I strongly believe if something is too easy, it’s not worth doing. By applying to this scholarship, I wanted to prove to myself that the time and effort I have been dedicating to athletic training is worth it. I want this award to serve as a steppingstone toward advocating for the profession and educating other health care professionals about the importance of athletic training. UNCW’s athletic training program gave me the tools I needed to succeed. I will be graduating with over 1,000 hours of hands-on learning that came from diverse clinical settings. The best part about this award is UNCW will also get a plaque to recognize the athletic training program. The faculty, staff and administration within the college of health and human services should be recognized for their dedication to the students. I’m honored to be graduating from UNCW and I would not change a thing.”

Since 1974, the NCATA has served to support athletic trainers, to promote and advance the profession of athletic training in North Carolina.