The BOC Dan Libera Service Award was established in 1995 in recognition of Dan’s contributions to the BOC certification program. The award recognizes individuals who have shown dedication to the mission of the BOC. Long-standing contributions to the BOC’s programs are the primary criteria for the award.
Dan was well-known throughout the nation for his enthusiasm and commitment to the profession of athletic training. Through his work at the University of Northern Colorado and his volunteer activities with the NATA and the BOC, he was able to pass on these traits to the students and colleagues who had the privilege to work with him.
Dan was a founding member of the Colorado Athletic Trainers’ Association, serving as secretary from 1979 until 1983. In addition, he held several offices in the NATA, including the District 7 Research and Injury Committee, the Membership Committee, the Board of Directors and the Board of Certification.
In 1995, Dan was inducted in to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. In pursuit of educating others, Dan gave presentations throughout the country and served as a consultant to NIKE, Kodak of Colorado, the NCAA and several high schools in Colorado. In 1997, Dan was inducted in to the NATA Hall of Fame
Dan passed on August 2, 1997, from complications from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Terri Jo Rucinski
Mary Allen Watson
The Paul Grace Leadership Award was established by the BOC Board of Directors in 2005. This award seeks to recognize individuals who have excelled in developing, designing and/or implementing programs or practices that have contributed to the mission of the BOC.
Paul served the BOC as Executive Director for 15 years and, during that time, was the influential leader for the BOC certification program, the ultimate visionary and a cultivator of leaders. He has been recognized nationally as one of the top leaders by the certification community.
Submit nominations for the 2013 Paul Grace Leadership Award by May 31, 2013, by filling out this application form
The 2011 Paul Grace Leadership Award was presented to Bernadette Olson, EdD, ATC. In her nomination of Bernadette, Dr. Marcia Anderson wrote:
As an Athletic Trainer At Large, Bernie served the BOC in a most distinguished fashion. An innovative thinker, and doer, she lead the board in her tenure as president through an exciting and challenging era whereby the collaborative efforts of the three organizations focused on the advancement of athletic training in the United States (i.e., BOC, NATA, CAATE) made a shared commitment to a strategic alliance to mutually protect the public and advance the athletic training profession.
The creation of this idea, and the driving force behind this historic event, was largely due to Bernie's leadership and vision for the profession. She continues to be a leader in athletic training education on the national scene. She also unselfishly gives her time and energy whenever called upon by the BOC.
Bernadette Olson, EdD, ATC
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|Dr. Vito Perriello, Jr., presented posthumously||Brad Sherman, MS, ATC|
The Public Advocacy Award is designed to recognize an individual, group or organization who has demonstrated leadership in protecting athletic training consumers. Public Advocacy Award recipients are leaders in the conception, construction and/or modification of Athletic Trainer regulation that protects the public and athletic training consumers. The recipients are, but not limited to, Certified Athletic Trainers, Athletic Trainer regulators, legislators, Athletic Trainer organizations or athletic training consumer advocates.
The nominee shall:
- Be an individual or group who has served as an advocate for the public and athletic training consumers
- Demonstrate evidence of significant contributions to the BOC mission through:
- leadership in the conception, construction and/or modification of Athletic Trainer regulation to benefit the public and/or athletic training consumers and/or
- research activities to support Athletic Trainer regulation that benefits the public and athletic training consumers and/or
- activities to benefit consumers of BOC services or services of BOC Certified Athletic Trainers
The 2011 Public Advocacy Award was presented to Rusty McKune, MS, ATC. The nomination from the Nebraska State Athletic Trainers' Association shared:
Rusty has been involved with legislative and regulatory efforts since 1998 when he organized the Nebraska State Practice Act and Statutes for Athletic Training. He was the spearheading force in inviting Athletic Trainers to assist in the development of the bill's first draft, constantly communicating with lobbyists, meeting with Senators and testifying. As president of the Nebraska State Athletic Trainers' Association, McKune has continued moving forward with regulatory proceedings and was instrumental in the development of LB260, The Concussion Awareness Act.
Rusty McKune, MS, ATC, Nebraska
Ann Berry, ATC, Michigan
Texas State Athletic Trainers' Association
|Keith Webster, ATC, Kentucky|