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George “Sully” Sullivan, back left, recently received a lifetime achievement award from Nebraska Husker Athletics. A longtime leader in athletic Training, he also served on the original Board of Certification.
George “Sully” Sullivan, back left, recently received a lifetime achievement award from Nebraska Husker Athletics. A longtime leader in athletic Training, he also served on the original Board of Certification.

Early BOC Leader Receives Award

A visionary leader of the athletic training profession and original member of the Board of Certification was recently honored with a lifetime achievement award for his work with college athletes.

Athletic Trainer George “Sully” Sullivan received the Dick Herman Lifetime Achievement Award from Nebraska Husker Athletics on April 17. Sullivan worked with the Huskers football team for 41 years and was Head Athletic Trainer from 1977 to 1995.

His dedication to athletic training has also had an impact on the BOC and the profession at large.

“One look at the history of athletic training during the 1960s-1990s, and you will see a reference to George Sullivan,” said BOC Executive Director Denise Fandel. “George was at the center of so many key events, and we are all still benefitting from his leadership and mentoring.”

Sullivan not only served on the original NATA Board of Certification when it was established in 1969, he even administered the first certification exam in 1970. Twenty-eight candidates sat for that first exam in Waco, Texas.

“I am personally and professionally grateful for George and the work he has done on behalf of the athletic training profession and always, on behalf of the patients and student-athletes we care for,” Fandel said.