National Athletic Training Month is a time to spread the word about the profession of athletic training and how it positively impacts the world. The goal is to reach individuals and organizations that can help make a difference for athletic trainers with regards to legislation, employment and public health. During this time, athletic trainers across America are recognized for their commitment to helping people prevent injuries and stay healthy and active.
One way all ATs can promote the profession throughout their community to request a proclamation for National Athletic Training Month. Typically, Governors for each state and Mayors for each city, town or village have the authority to declare proclamations. This activity can be as simple or complex as an AT wants to make it.
To request a state proclamation, start by searching the State Governor’s website. With current technology, many states have a form to complete on their website to request a proclamation. If an on-line form is not an option, you may need to contact the Governor’s office. Usually, the Administrative Assistant can help to answer questions to complete the project.
To request a city proclamation, the process can be the same. Start by checking the Mayor’s website. Smaller communities typically do not have proclamation request form published, so contacting the Mayor’s Administrative Assistant or City Clerk via telephone and/or email is a great way to initiate the process.
For ATs who wish to invite the Politician to an event or participate in a photo op at the capital or Mayor’s office, sending a press release to local media can help with exposure. Remember that your state legislators read newspapers and communication materials from their jurisdiction and constituents. Reading an article about a Mayor declaring National Athletic Training Month in the community may peak interest of those who live in or represent the area. Meeting with the Politician to receive the proclamation in person may be an option, but not necessary if you do not have time. Many offices also have the option to mail the proclamation to the requester.
Written By: Jessica O'Neel, MS Ed, ATC