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ASHS alumnus receives NATA’s highest honor

Gregory Janik, ’00, associate clinical professor of athletic training at King’s College, will receive the 2011 Young Professionals’ Committee National Distinction Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). The award will be presented at the NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia to be held in New Orleans in June.

The award, the organization’s highest honor, recognizes a young professional athletic trainer that has made an immediate and definitive impact on the athletic training profession at the national, district, or state level.

After an internship with the Philadelphia Eagles, Janik began teaching at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., in 2000. He currently teaches orthopedic evaluation courses. He also serves as and the head athletic trainer, where he is primarily responsible for the football and women’s lacrosse teams.

Janik, a resident of Dallas, Pa., is president of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society. He volunteers with numerous organizations, including the American Red Cross, Keystone State Games, Special Olympics, and the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Athletic Trainers Committee.

Janik earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology/athletic training from Penn State University and a master’s degree in sports healthcare from ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences.

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