Wetumpka student one of two to represent state in Washington, D.C.

Posted: Wednesday, 02 March 2011

TROY—A Troy University junior was one of two students from the state of Alabama to attend the National Athletic Trainers Association I-Lead Conference in the nation’s capital.

Meredith Pendergast, from Wetumpka, attended the conference that was focused on fine-tuning job skills and the development of leadership skills in future athletic trainers. While in Washington, Pendergast had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the offices of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala. 2) and Rep. Mo Brooks R-Ala. 5) about changing legislation related to athletic training.

This was a competitive process and a true accomplishment for a Troy University student,” said Dr. Amanda Benson, chair and program director of Athletic Training Education. “This is a huge deal for TROY and for Meredith.”

The conference, which took place Feb. 25 – 26, brought together more than 250 certified athletic trainers and students and covered such topics as ethics, leadership skills, career-building and interviewing skills, in addition visioning and other team-building techniques.

Sullivan Award

Meredith Pendergast, a junior athletic training student from Wetupmka, right, and Dr. Amanda Benson, department chair and program director of Troy University’s Athletic Training Education Program, attended the National Athletic Trainers Association I-Lead Conference in Washington, D.C. Feb. 25-26. (TROY photo)