Continuing Education Award

Drug Free Sport International supports the work of certified athletic trainers in high school and collegiate communities that work to educate student-athletes on making positive decisions on health and wellness. They work tirelessly to prevent drug abuse, correct dietary supplement miseducation, and as safeguards on the front lines of preventing addiction. As a part of this commitment, Drug Free Sport has a Continuing Education Award competition specifically for certified high school and collegiate athletic trainers in these roles.

Since 2013, Drug Free Sport International has granted more than $30,000 in continuing education funds toward certified athletic trainers in high schools, colleges, and universities across the United States.

Congratulations to our 2019 award recipients:

  • Ariel Allman, Head Athletic Trainer, Kort Physical Therapy/Midway University (KY)
  • Martin Donahue, Clinical Athletic Trainer, Slippery Rock University (PA)
  • Ginna Lewis, Head Athletic Trainer, Barton College (NC)
  • Megan Smith, Assistant Athletic Trainer, Seton Hill University (PA)
  • Carissa Tigges, Athletic Trainer, Grinnell College (IA)

“I am honored to receive one of the Drug Free Sport Continuing Education Awards this year. I look forward to using this award for my professional growth to ensure I continue to stay up-to-date with the best evidence and practices as well as to provide the highest quality of care I can for my student-athletes. I am forever grateful for Drug Free Sport International’s commitment to the athletic training profession, and to the health and wellness of the student-athlete”  – Ariel Allman


“I am very excited to utilize this scholarship to assist with the costs of attending this year’s 70th Annual National Athletic Trainers’ Association Clinical Symposia & Expo in Las Vegas. I have been so grateful to be able to partner Barton College Athletics with Drug Free Sport International for the past two years and receiving this scholarship is a humbling token of that. I look forward to immersing myself in learning experiences while attending this conference and imputing new skills and knowledge learned as part of my athletic training practice.”  – Ginna Lewis


“Drug Free Sport International is truly committed to the health and well-being of student-athletes. I am grateful for the continuing education award, which recognizes certified athletic trainers that support the organization’s mission of improving drug education and safety. I look forward to representing Drug Free Sport International and Seton Hill University at an upcoming ATs Care workshop this month.” – Megan Smith