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Congratulations to BOC 2021 Award Honorees and Scholarship Winners

The Board of Certification (BOC) announces its 2021 award and scholarship winners.

This year’s Dan Libera Service Award honorees are Birgid Hopkins, ATC and Dr. Sarah Manspeaker, PhD, ATC. Both are long-time BOC volunteers, leaders and contributors to the athletic training profession. This service award was created in honor of past BOC board member, Dan Libera, who was an instrumental leader in creating the high-level certification process that exists today for the athletic training profession.

Hopkins has been a valued member of the Exam Development Committee (EDC) for more than 13 years. She leads with integrity and professionalism, currently acting as a co-chair for a sub- group of the EDC. Manspeaker is an accomplished member of the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Review Panel, as well a past oral practical exam examiner. Her contributions through research and education have guided and elevated BOC EBP to new heights.

In addition, the BOC named the following 2021 scholarship recipients through the NATA Foundation: Brianna Durics from Moravian College received the Lindsy McClean Scholarship and Sugwan Kim from Bridgewater State University received the Paul Grace Scholarship.

Congratulations to all distinguished award winners!

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