Kaleb Birney has received the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Young Professional’s Committee National Distinction Award. The National Distinction Award is the Young Professionals’ Committee’s highest honor to recognize a young professional athletic trainer who has made an immediate and definitive impact on the athletic training profession at the national, district, state or community level. Birney will receive his award at this years NATA National Convention in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay on Wednesday, June 26th.
Birney, a member of the Montana Sports Medicine team with St. James Healthcare in Butte, MT, is currently the Head Athletic Trainer at The University of Montana Western. He has held this position for three years but has recently finished his fifth year at UMW.
A native of Sublette, KS, Birney is the primary athletic trainer for the Bulldog football and men’s basketball program while also overseeing all sports. He has been a member of 4 straight Men’s Basketball National Tournament teams (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). Birney serves on the Montana Athletic Training Board of Licensure and is the Public Relations Chair for the Northwest Athletic Trainers Association.
To be eligible for this award, one must be certified for a minimum of three years as well as a member of the NATA for three years. Must be considered a young professional (in the first 12 years of certification) at the time the member is nominated.
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Founded in 1950, the NATA has grown to more than 45,000 members worldwide today. The majority of certified athletic trainers choose to be members of NATA to support their profession and to receive a broad array of membership benefits.