LaGrange College athletic trainer Janet Lin Craft is one of two recipients of the Dr. Champ Baker, Jr. Young Professional Athletic Trainer Leadership Award presented by Georgia Athletic Trainers' Association. In its inaugural year, the award was created through the generosity of Dr. Champ L. Baker, Jr. of the Hughston Clinic in Columbus, Georgia with the intent of assisting with continuing education endeavors for one or more GATA Young Professional members in their first 12 years of certification as an athletic trainer.
"Janet has come into the program here and has evolved so quickly into one that the coaches and student-athletes love and admire," said Director of Athletic Training Rob Dicks. "The care and attention to detail she gives is excellent. This award is well deserved for all of her efforts."
Janet is in her third year at LaGrange. Her goal is to increase her knowledge base in order to better serve her athletes while seeking opportunities to be a leader among her peers. Janet is recognized as a passionate professional with strong character and superior intellect who thirsts for better understanding with which she can inspire and mentor others. She has worked at many levels to represent serve the diversity and culture found in the profession. As an award winner, Janet plans to attend the NATA Leadership Academy and Annual Convention as well as pursue a CSCS certification.
The Georgia Athletic Trainers' Association is an organization committed to the education of its members and enhancement of the profession of athletic training, leading to better healthcare for the population which it serves. The GATA is proudly composed of over 1000 licensed athletic trainers – ranging from professional, collegiate, and high school teams to industries, physician offices, and rehabilitation clinics – all working together to promote and practice the profession of athletic training within the state of Georgia.