April 2021


Presidential  Update
Next GHATS Executive Board Meeting: April 21, 2021 @ 6pm via Zoom
2021 GHATS Executive Board

Kim Faterkowski
Vice President: 
Jesse Lopez
Joseph Hebert
John Harmon
North Rep-O:
Jeremy Kallus
North Rep-E:
Ben Lariviere
South Rep-O: 
Bryant Spencer
South Rep-E:
Dennis Fyke

GHATS Committee Chair & Liaisons

Chris Shaddock
Honors & Awards:
Brittany Woodard
Ambreya Hamlett
Social Activities:
Christina Decoteau
Erin Fernandez
Chad Garrett
Social Media:
Kathy Nguyen
Lani Schwartz
Savannah Tracy
College & Recruitment:
Sam Sorell
Kristin Salinas
Cat Marr
UH MAT Collegiate Partners:
Emma Johnson
Monique Mercier


Kathryn Vollmer
Registration Chair:
Justin Landers
Lane Hale
Eddie Beltran
Quiz Bowl:
Cody Wade
Taping Contest:
Johnny Gomez
T-Shirt Contest:
Jessica Pfannstiel
Treasurer's Report

John Harmon

GHATS Treasurer

North GHATS Representatives
Ben Lariviere, Jermey Kallus

South GHATS Representatives
Bryant Spencer, Dennis Fyke

Greetings from your South GHATS Representatives   Dennis Fyke ATC, LAT; Bryant Spencer ATC, LAT

The year 2020 has been one of constant change and challenges.   Athletic Trainers have been on highlights in the news and in the newspapers for our successes during this pandemic.  Thank you to all for your positive efforts in all work settings.  This is creating a positive image of the Athletic Training profession from a local to a national level.   As athletics enters our final sports of the school year we will continue to be observed and highlighted this year.  As a professional we will continue to serve our athletes the best way we know how with the resources available.  Continue to share your ideas with your colleagues as GHATS has done in Zoom meetings this year.  It was good to see all around the state we are doing similar things on our campus to make participating in athletics with safety being our highest priority. 

This past year the NATA and SWATA, and our local Sports Medicine Updates (Bob Marley), Texas Children’s, GHATS Student Workshop all stepped up big to provide CEU opportunities for free to low cost in a new Zoom format.  I would like to thank Paetow High School Rudy Lazars and Katy ISD continuing the Tradition of the workshop annual.  I applaud your outstanding achievement.  It was greAT to learn and share with each other.  I know we all would like to return to in person sessions.

I challenge everyone to reach out to your neighbors and colleagues to be actively engaged in GHATS. We have many events that have been postponed this past year, such as the Robert French Social cornhole tournament, the awards banquet.  It is time to celebrate our fellow AT accomplishments and friendships by attending GHATS events.   We are looking forward to seeing you at the Honors and Awards and Cornhole tournament.   If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to your GHATS South Representatives or any member of the Board.

Hello from Your Northside Representatives 

Mass physicals are returning this year. Klein, Tomball, and Cy Fair ISDs are partnering with Houston Methodist to facilitate mass physicals. In order to observe covid guidelines and practice social distancing, pre-physical screenings will not be conducted on site the day of physicals. Athletic trainers are working with coaches and activity sponsors to schedule pre-physical screenings during athletic periods or after school to ensure the safety of all student-athletes.  

Houston Methodist has an opening for an outreach athletic trainer out of the Willowbrook Hospital

Houston Methodist - Willowbrook Athletic Trainer Position

Congratulations to Mr. Edward Smith PT, DPT, SCS, ATC Head Athletic Trainer at Katy High School and his program for their great season and 6A Division 2 Football State Championship!

Congratulations to Mr. Sean May LAT Head Athletic Trainer at Katy Seven Lakes High School and his program for a great season and 6A Volleyball State Championship!

We would love to hear what is going on in your programs. If you have news that you would like to have mentioned in the GHATS newsletter please email us.

Regional Report

2020-21 GHATS Membership Drive


Celebrating National Athletic Training Month

Spotlight of the Day - Process Share

To be selected for the Spotlight of the Day for the NATM posts, every single GHATS member’s name, that is in good standing, was put into an automatic Random Raffle Generator. We have only 163 members at that time.  Prior to selection, it was predetermined that only 35 names would be chosen and any GHATS Members that have held an office in the past 4 years would be removed due to non-eligibility.  The generator provide the names at random. 

The GHATS Members that were chosen were contacted and asked them to email our president their bio and a picture of themselves.  Out of the 35 names, only have 28 responded.  Reminders were sent out and the 28 that responded were posted over the month.

On March 4th, 2020, the City of Pasadena, Texas - City Hall awarded the Pasadena ISD Athletic Trainers with a proclamation making March National Athletic Trainer Month in Pasadena, Texas EVERY YEAR!!!
Thank you to all of our 
GHATS Members that continually strive to elevate our profession.
Local Events

20th Anniversary Sports Medicine Update
Ironman Sports Medicine Institute Memorial Herman
June 15th - 16th, 2021 via Zoom

Play Safe Sports Medicine Summit 2021
Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
TBD  (Virtual Event)

Texas Children's Hospital Sports Medicine Symposium

Advancing Sports Medicine Symposium
Baylor College of Medicine

2021 SWATA Symposium
July 21-24, 2021 

Ongoing Opportunities

Children's Health Andrews Institute Sports Medicine Lecture Series


BOC CE Resources

Texas Children's Hospital Chalk Talk Series
Email Kemesheia Stovall to be added to the calendar invites

NATA Convention
Tue, Jun 29, 2021 – Fri, Jul 2, 2021 (Virtual Event)

Continuing Education Opportunities

Exemplary Student 
Athletic Trainer 2021

Noor Butt

Computer Generated Poster

Upper Extremity Poster

Lower Extremity Poster

SAT Workshop 2021 Winners & Highlights

Taping Contest

Miscellaneous Poster

Medical Conditions Poster

SAT Workshop 2021 Winners & Highlights

Thank you to our Colleges & Universities in Attendance

Thank you to our Vendors for Attending

T-Shirt Design Contest

SAT Workshop 2021 Winners & Highlights

FrioHydration Grand Prize Winner

HUGE Thanks to everyone for Attending from a Training Room Near You

SAT Workshop 2021 Winners & Highlights

Upcoming Social Events

Honors & Awards 2020-2021

Date | Time | Location: TBD

Robert French Social & Corn Hole Tournament

Date | Time | Location: TBD


Bronze Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Corporate Sponsorship information is available!

Reach out to John Harmon, GHATS Treasurer

Platinum Sponsors

Thank you to all our Corporate Members.

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