Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

UNCG MSAT Alumni, Sophia Brown, Athletic Trainer of the Year by GATA!

Sophia Brown Named Athletic Trainer of the Year by GATA

“MACON, GA— The Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association (GATA) is proud to name Sophia Brown, an athletic trainer at Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), as the Jerry Rhea Athletic Trainer of the Year. The award will be presented at the GATA Honors & Awards Dinner in Macon on January 20 as part of their annual educational conference.

In September 2017, Brown saved the life of a student athlete at Locust Grove High School when he collapsed on the basketball court. As described by Athletic Director Stephen Phillips, “When Sophia arrived she quickly stepped in and performed CPR on the young man. She had instructed the coach to go and get the AED. When the AED arrived she connected it and followed the steps like she has been taught. Because of her actions the young man was saved…”

Dr. David Marshall, Medical Director of the Sports Medicine Program at CHOA commended Ms. Brown, “We hope and pray we will never find ourselves in a situation where an unresponsive child is found on the ground and a group of coaches look at us to “do something.” Sophia did something. She took control of the situation, relied on her training as a certified athletic trainer and literally saved a child’s life.”

The award is named for Jerry Rhea, former head athletic trainer of the Atlanta Falcons, and a pioneer in the athletic training profession. To be eligible for the award the individual must be a certified/licensed athletic trainer demonstrating exemplary service to the profession of athletic training in Georgia.

The Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association is an organization committed to education of its members and enhancement of the profession of athletic training, leading to better healthcare for the population which it serves.”

We congratulate you, Sophia! Keep up the hard work, and thank you for serving as a great role model for not only our program, but Athletic Trainers across the United States.