NATA Foundation Events



The NATA Research & Education Foundation has an exciting schedule of activities for NATA 2020 in Atlanta.

NATA Foundation Fundraiser Wide World of Sports

Friday June 19, 2020, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
STATS Brewpub, 300 Marietta St., NW, Atlanta, GA  30313
Purchase your tickets when you register for convention.

NATA Foundation Booth

Visit our booth to learn more about the important work the NATA Foundation is doing on behalf of your profession.

Thursday, June 18           10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday, June 19                10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, June 20            8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Free Communications Program

Free Communications is the first chance an AT often gets to present their research and clinical case studies on a topic during the NATA convention. To date, almost 5,000 oral and poster presentations have been provided through this program. The Free Communications program provides a forum for researchers and clinicians to disseminate research and clinical case studies. Abstracts selected by the Committee are published in the Supplement to the Journal of Athletic Training and are presented at the NATA Convention via oral or poster presentation.

Learn more about the NATA Foundation Free Communications Program in the education portion of the NATA Foundation website.

Free Communications Poster Presentations

Gain exposure to current lessons learned in advancement of the athletic training profession.  You will have an opportunity to meet the researchers during the Free Communications Poster Presentations.  Posters will be displayed for viewing Thursday, June 18 – Saturday, June 20 in Hall B1 in the Georgia World Congress Center.

Silent Auction

Stop by the NATA Foundation Silent Auction to browse and bid on an array of items.  Can’t make it to Atlanta?  You can still participate!  The NATA Foundation Silent Auction will be open to the public and all members through our online system.  Selected items will be on display.

The auction opens June 1, 2020 and bidding ends at 11 a.m. June 20, 2020.

Winners can pick up items between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 20.

NATA Foundation Faculty Mentor Luncheon

(Invitation only)

The mission of the NATA Foundation Research/Faculty mentor program is to provide guidance and mentorship to junior faculty members (pre-tenured; less than 6 years of experience as a faculty member) involved in higher education within the athletic training profession.

The NATA Foundation Research/Faculty Mentor Program pairs junior faculty members with established faculty who will provide guidance, advice and assistance in navigating the first several years of employment within higher education. The goal is to form a lasting relationship to help the mentee build a solid knowledge base and acquire an understanding of the balance necessary to becoming a successful researcher and educator. Direction of the relationship and areas of focus will be built upon the mutual interests and goals of the pairings.

NATA Foundation Distinguished Scholars Presentation

The Lecture Exchange Program provides athletic trainers with an opportunity to learn about cutting edge research from other health care professionals. It also allows members from these groups to benefit from athletic training speakers who represent the profession by giving presentations at their annual meetings.

This session has two components. The first consists of presentations by our exchange lecturers who represent:

  • The American College of Sports Medicine
  • The American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, and
  • The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

The second portion of the session includes the recognition of our 2020 research award recipients.

Pinky Newell Scholarship and Student Leadership Reception

Thursday, June 18   7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Free (pre-registration required)
Presented by the NATA Foundation and the NATA Young Professionals’ Committee

Join the NATA Foundation and the NATA Young Professionals’ Committee at this networking event recognizing NATA Foundation Scholarship Recipients, Bobby Gunn Student Leadership Awards, Athletic Training Student Challenge Awards and the Deloss Brubaker Awards for Student Writing.