The Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association (VATA) Leadership Academy exists as an initiative lead by the VATA to engage professionally motivated and enthusiastic certified athletic trainers, licensed in the state of Virginia, with a desire to improve their knowledge, skills, and abilities for leadership with an interest in advancing the athletic training profession. This program is designed for athletic trainers who demonstrate a desire to serve the VATA, Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association, and National Athletic Trainers’ Association and make a difference in their community.  Participants will be presented with a curriculum that will provide for their development as a leader in athletic training.  The inaugural cohort will begin regular online meetings in mid-July, 2019.



Participants (students) in the VATA Leadership Academy will have the opportunity to work with mentors throughout the state to further their development and preparation as leaders.  There will be regularly scheduled online meetings that will occur twice a month (usually about 1 hour), over the course of a year, with a curriculum that will cover components of leadership such as strategic planning, presentation skills, developing and instituting a vision, and conceptualization of current issues within the profession, among others.  The number of participants is limited.  The deadline for applications is Sunday, April 14th, at 11:59pm EST and applicants will be notified of their admittance to the program in early May. Questions can be directed to  If you are interested in becoming a participant in the VATA Leadership Academy, please email your resume to and fill out the application form below.




The VATA Leadership Academy is looking for mentors to engage with participants (students) in the program.  Mentors provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modeling.  Expectations include a willingness to value the mentee as a person; develop mutual trust and respect; maintain confidentiality; listen both to what is being said and how it is being said; help the participant solve his or her own problem(s), rather than give direction; and focus on the participant’s development.  Mentors and Participants are both professional athletic trainers and there will likely be mutual growth and development of each through interaction and engagement with each other.  The application form is not a formal agreement but indicates your interest in serving in this role.  The deadline for applications is Sunday, April 14th, at 11:59pm EST.  If you are interested in being a mentor, please email your resume to and fill out the application form below.


The VATA is committed to improving the quality of health care for Virginian’s through education, advocacy, and cooperative efforts with other health care professionals and organizations.  We actively promote the profession and represent the interests of its membership with integrity.

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