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Start Warming Up and Stretch
Start Warming Up and Stretch

It's getting closer to March! Not only is March National Athletic Training Month, but also our 4th annual Athletic Trainers Trot 5k Scholarship Run. This years 5k will be held on Sunday, March 24th at Doolittle Park in Edinburg, Texas. Start time will be at 8 a.m. Last year we had 125 participants, and will continue to grow this year! Our Fundraising and Trainer Trot Committees are planning to have vendors, music and prizes this year!  We would like to thank our VATA Corporate Sponsors, DHR Health and Frio Hydration, for making these events possible. Click on the link to register https://endurancesplits.redpodium.com/athletic-trainers-trot-5k-2024 

For more information please contact Jermiah Galindo at trainertrot@vatargv.org

And the Nominees Are..
And the Nominees Are..

Nominations are now open for the 2024  VATA Honors and Awards! The Honors and Award committee is seeking nominations for VATA Hall of Fame, Bob Aparicio Jr. Dedicated Service Award, VATA Outstanding Young Professional Award, VATA Honorary Membership Award. Nominations are open until March 13, 2024. For more information contact Natali Coronado at awards@vatargv.org

Giving Back
Giving Back

VATA was proud to volunteer for the 18th year at the 42nd Annual All-America City David Chavana 10K Run/Walk. Volunteers helped man the water station for over 1,792 runners this year! This is one of the events that VATA is able to give back to the communities of the Rio Grande Valley, as this large event hosted many participants from through out the Valley, the state of Texas, and even Mexico.We would like to thank the professional members and the student members from Edinburg High School, Edinburg Vela High School, and La Joya Juarez-Lincoln High School. Great Job to our student members who earned community service hours, as well as merit points that can be applied to their VATA High School scholarship applications. If you would like more information on how to volunteer for next years 10K, please contact Israel Montano III at president@vatargv.org

Remembering A Legend
Remembering A Legend

We honor the legacy and impact of Raul "Doc Z" Zamarippa, as he was a pillar of the Valley Athletic Trainers Association, and one if pioneers of athletic training in the Rio Grande Valley. The VATA Board of Directors is honored to carry on the torch that Doc Z lit in 2001 and establishing VATA and South Padre Athletic Training Seminar serving as its first president, and later serving as the Texas State Athletic Trainers Association Region 9 Director. He was able to see the seed that he planted, flourish into the great organization that it is today, as one of the leading organizations in the state of Texas in promoted and advocating for athletic trainers. He was inducted in the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, the VATA Hall of Fame in 2017, and the Texas State Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Honor in 2020. He will be missed, but no forgotten, as he laid the foundation for athletic trainers in South Texas and VATA.

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