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AAMU Trainer Gets ALATA Award

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Huntsville, Ala. ---- Alabama A&M University's head athletics trainer Jessie Zucnick-Kimbugwae recently won the Alabama Athletic Trainers Association (ALATA) Collegiate Athletic Trainer of the Year award.


Jessie Zucnik-KimbugwaeSmaller.jpgThe award recognizes an athletic trainer at the college/university level for service to the institution, the community, as well as ALATA. This person also serves many functions in addition to athletic training.


“It's an honor and a privilege to accept this award from my colleagues who have recognized the hard work I have put in at A&M," Zucnick-Kimbugwae said.  "I greatly appreciate ALATA for granting me the opportunity and recognition.”


“I would like to thank Huntsville Hospital and Alabama A&M for allowing me to work at a job I love and with great people," she continued.  "I couldn’t do what I do without my staff and their support.” 


Zucnick4Smaller.jpgZucnick-Kimbugwae just finished her fifth year as head athletic trainer at AAMU after being promoted to the position in May 2009.


In addition to her sports coverage, she is also the insurance coordinator for the Maroon & White sport medicine department, and she oversees the overall direction of the program and the supervision of assistant athletic trainers, graduate assistants and student athletic trainers.


Zucnick-Kimbugwae is a NATABOC certified athletic trainer and a member of the NATA and SEATA organizations. She is also licensed in the state of Alabama.


For all her dedication to the A&M sports medicine department, she was awarded the 2007 Employee of the Year award by Huntsville Hospital Sports Center.


The Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association is the professional membership organization for all athletic training professionals and students in Alabama.  It is one of seven state organizations in the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association (SEATA) which is District IX of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).  It is a not-for-profit organization dealing with the concerns of its members and the profession of athletic training as a whole.

- Brandon Willis, Athletics





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