Jarrett Friday of Hunter Huss and Forestview High Schools, named regional nominee for The 2018 Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award

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Jarrett Friday, certified athletic trainer at Hunter Huss and Forestview High Schools, has been named the regional nominee for The 2018 Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. As the regional nominee, Friday will advance on to join other regional nominees from across the nation to be considered The 2018 Newell Award National Athletic Trainer of the Year, which will be announced in the spring of 2018.

In partnership with Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center and other orthopaedic practices nationwide, The Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award recognizes athletic trainers for the service and leadership they provide local athletic communities. Based on examples of service, leadership and shared experiences from community members, nominees for The Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award are chosen regionally. Friday’s regional nomination for the National Award is affirmed by the multitude of community members’ shared experiences submitted in support of his nomination.

“The outpouring of support from community members on Mr. Friday’s behalf has been tremendous and certainly well-deserved,” says Dr. Erik Johnson, sports medicine surgeon with Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center. “We feel honored to acknowledge his efforts by partnering with The Newell Award to recognize the region’s top athletic trainers for the service and leadership they display while treating our community athletes.”

A certified local athletic trainer for Hunter Huss High School and Forestview High School, Friday received his undergraduate degree in sport management and athletic training from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, where he later earned his master of education degree in physical education and health and human performance. He has been extremely involved in the athletic training community for nearly two decades, caring for injured athletes and educating future athletic trainers through his work.

In addition to Friday, there were several other exceptional candidates considered for regional nomination for The 2018 Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award, including Tomas Chao of South Point High School and East Gaston High School and Trent Hayes of Gaston Christian School. 

“The testimonials received on behalf of all the candidates demonstrate how fortunate we are at Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center to work with such an incredible group of medical professionals,” continues Dr. Johnson. “It is also a reminder to our communities how lucky we are to have them on the sidelines for our student athletes.” 

To learn more about The Newell Award, visit TheNewellAward.com/CarolinaOrthopaedic.