Athletic trainer Steve Souder of Columbus North High School has been named the Regional Nominee for The 2018 – 2019 Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. As the Regional Nominee, Souder will advance on to join other Regional Nominees from across the nation to be considered for the title of The Newell Award National Athletic Trainer of the Year, which will be announced in May 2019.
In partnership with local leading orthopedic practices, such as Southern Indiana Orthopedics in Columbus, The 2018 – 2019 Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award recognizes athletic trainers for the service and leadership they provide to local athletic communities. Based on examples of service, leadership and shared experiences from community members, nominees for The Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award are determined regionally. Over 200 exceptional shared experiences from community members were received in support of Souder’s regional nomination for the National Award.
“The outpouring of support from community members on Mr. Souder’s behalf has been tremendous and certainly well-deserved,” says fellowship-trained sports medicine surgeon Dr. Eric Tannenbaum of Southern Indiana Orthopedics. “We feel honored to acknowledge his efforts by partnering with The Newell Award to recognize the region’s top athletic trainers for the service and leadership they display while treating our community’s athletes.”
As a certified athletic trainer at Columbus North High School in Columbus, Souder works full time to keep student-athletes active and healthy. He is a former teacher and two-time recipient of the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association’s High School Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and a Master of Science degree from Indiana University Bloomington. Souder has served as a local athletic trainer for over 40 years, caring for injured athletes and educating future athletic trainers through his work.
In addition to Souder, there were other exceptional candidates considered for regional nomination for The 2018 – 2019 Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award, including Sara Boyer of Brown County High School and Amanda Mang of North Decatur Jr./Sr. High School and South Decatur Jr./Sr. High School.
“The testimonials received on behalf of all the candidates demonstrate how fortunate we are at Southern Indiana Orthopedics to work with such an incredible group of medical professionals,” says Dr. Cary Guse, fellowship-trained sports medicine surgeon at Southern Indiana Orthopedics. “It is also a reminder to our communities how lucky we are to have them on the sidelines for our student-athletes.”
To learn more about The Newell Award, visit TheNewellAward.com/SouthernInOrtho.