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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from Hattiesburg Clinic

Hattiesburg Clinic Sports Medicine recently received two awards at the 2014 Mississippi Athletic Trainers' Association (MATA) Conference in Biloxi, Miss.

The entire staff of the department of Sports Medicine was awarded the 2014 MATA Sports Medicine Person of the Year for their contribution to the field of athletic training and community support. Specifically mentioned were their fundraising efforts for an employee, Chad Davis, whose spouse was diagnosed with stage three-breast cancer.

Shortly after being diagnosed, Davis' spouse, Emily, was unable to work full-time and the family was in need of financial support. The department planned multiple fundraisers that involved their coworkers, families, community members and the MATA members. Chad states, "My wife and I are very thankful for those who went above and beyond to help us in a time of need. I don't know of a group more deserving of this award." The money from these fundraisers helped the family with medical expenses and provided financial support.

Additionally, Gary Stroud, Athletic Trainer with Hattiesburg Clinic Sports Medicine, was awarded the 2014 MATA Athletic Trainer of the year. "Gary exemplifies the role of an athletic trainer," says Mike Williamson, director of Sports Medicine. "A great example of this took place last year when Gary performed life saving measures for an official at one of his games." To receive this award, an individual must show outstanding contributions to the profession of athletic training. Stroud was nominated by his peers for his dedication and professionalism as an athletic trainer.

"It's an honor to receive both of these awards," says Williamson. "As a group, we strive to make a difference in the lives of the athletes we work with and the communities we serve, and I believe these awards are a direct reflection of that."

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