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This award was established in 2002 and will be presented annually to a new qualified athletic trainer in District VI for their unique or immediate contributions to the SWATA or the athletic training profession.

 

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Past Recipients

 

 

2002 Shandra Pruski-Esparza
2003 Scott Galloway
2004 Diana Operhall
2005 Lisa Hamric
2006 Emma Aceto
2007 Britney Webb

2008 TC Shelton

2009 Carissa Spraberry

2010 David Traylor

 

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James E. "Doc" Dodson

At an early age Dodson had an immediate impact on District VI through earnest and fervent service: A perennial friendly face at the annual SWATA meeting, Doc was the long time Executive Secretary and Treasurer of the SWATA Executive Board.

 

Education: Doc graduated from Fort Worth Poly High School in 1954 and went on to Texas Christian University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education in 1958. While at TCU, he worked under the tutelage of SWATA Charter Member, Elmer Brown. Dodson later earned a Master�s of Education Degree from Sul Ross State University in 1967.

 

Professional Experience: Dodson began his long-time career as the Head Athletic Trainer at Midland High School in 1959, where he remained until his retirement over 30 years later.

 

Elected Positions:

  • SWATA President, 1965-1966
  • SWATA District Treasurer, 1966-2001
  • SWATA Executive Secretary, 1967-1995

 

Honors and Awards:

  • SWATA Hall of Fame Charter Member, 1985
  • NATA Hall of Fame Member
  • Athletic Trainer, Texas High School Coaches All-Star Games, 1963, 1968
  • Athletic Trainer, USA Olympic Team, Munich, Germany, 1972
  • Cap Harding Award recipient
  • Eddie Wojecki Award recipient
  • Frank Medina Award recipient
  • NATA 25 Year Award recipient

 

Other Contributions:

  • Charter Member, NATA Certification Board
  • NATA Representative to the American College of Health Association