FULLERTON, Calif. - Julie Max, Cal State Fullerton's Assistant Athletics Director of Sports Medicine, was honored by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) as the recipient of the Eve Becker-Doyle Leadership Award. The Eve Becker-Doyle Leadership Award is the highest honor given to an NATA member specifically for outstanding leadership and volunteerism within the NATA. The award recognizes one member of the Association that has shown a lifetime of leadership. This award is presented to an athletic trainer who exemplifies the leadership and dedication demonstrated by Eve Becker-Doyle during her time as Executive Director of the NATA. No other award, NATA or otherwise, is a prerequisite for eligibility for this award. The inception of the award was in 2014 and Max is the first female recipient of the award.
"Our national organization is pretty huge," Max said. "Obviously, it's a national healtchare organization and it's a pretty prestigous award since there are over 50,000 NATA members."
Max, became the first woman elected as NATA president, in 2000, and was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 2007. She has spent her career developing students and promoting the profession. Since 1979 Max has worked at Cal State Fullerton, where she has been the driving force behind the development of an athletic training education program that has received national acclaim.
"I am overwhelmed by receiving this award, completely overwhelmed," Max said. "First and foremost, the national organization means the world to me. So, to be considered for a lifetime achievement award is very humbling to me. I was truly ecstatic to even be considered, let alone be the recipient of the award."
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