AT Service Award

The Athletic Trainer Service award recognizes NCATA members for their service and contributions to the athletic training profession. ATSA recipients are involved in the local and state associations, community organizations and other services that represent the athletic training profession.


  1. Must be a member of the NCATA

  2. Must be a current practicing athletic trainer

  3. Must be NCBATE licensed

  4. Can be nominated by any member of the NCATA

  5. No self-nominations

  6. Nominations will be made to the Honors and Awards Representative of the NCATA

  7. Winners will be announced at the Annual Meeting


  1. Recipients of the award in the last four years are not eligible

  2. The President of the NCATA is not eligible for nomination


  1. Will be made by the awards committee


  1. The sponsor member shall submit a letter of recommendation for the nominee, along with a resume of vitae for support

  2. The sponsor members may also choose to submit additional letters of support.




         No Recipient


Joe Sharpe

Quoted by Quincy Sawyer (Associate Head Athletic Trainer, Charlotte Hornets),  I have had the privilege to work on Sharpe’s staff with the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA for the past 2+ seasons. Joe has always been a tremendous mentor and leader for this medical performance team. His ability to guide the skilled professionals on this team towards a common goal of player health, while also providing space for his staff members to make patient care decisions, has been tremendous for the professional growth of his staff members.This season, however, has been exceptional in the challenges posed to members of the medical community, and our organization has been no exception. Sharpe has taken the lead in our organization in all things COVID-19 related. Joe has served as the organization’s primary point of contact, not just for the basketball team or basketball operations staff, but for the entire organization, serving on tasks forces, committees, and helping guide all aspects of this NBA franchise through the maze that is COVID- 19 risk mitigation. The ever-changing CDC and NBA guidelines for health and safety have been difficult to follow, but Sharpe has been pivotal in helping keep our organization afloat and, most importantly, safe. Sharpe is a tremendous professional, mentor, and example for athletic trainers in this state of how to stand tall in the face of unprecedented adversity.


Johanna Williams

Quoted by Leigh Ann Caldwell (Sports Medicine Manager, Atrium Health), “For months, Johanna worked various shifts across multiple counties across the state of North Carolina. There were early morning shifts, graveyard shifts, and shifts over an hour away that Johanna worked. She did anything from temperature screenings to drive up COVID testing mobile sites. At the end of several months, Johanna was on top of the leaderboard of hours worked during the COVID shift work.

Johanna continued to extend her support during the sports season covering a 8 hour shift at Bank of America Stadium before reporting to her assigned high school, Hough High School. She didn’t stop there, during this past year Johanna has taken several online courses, certifications and skill sets to better serve her patients.


Amy Kirkman, West Stanly High School of Oakboro, NC 



Lexie Smith, Middle Creek High School, Apex, NC