NATA Foundation Events

All of the NATA Foundation's popular events are returning.

NATA Research & Education Booth

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 29

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 30

10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 1

Visit our booth in the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC)  to learn more about the important work the NATA Foundation is doing on behalf of your profession.

$60 per Person

7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 30 

Howl At The Moon Dueling Piano Bar – walking distance from the convention center and key hotels

Reserve your tickets when you register for the in-person convention. Space is limited and we expect to sell out – Tickets will not be sold at the event. All current local COVID protocols will be enforced. 

More information can be found on the Foundation’s website. 

Silent Auction

June 1 – July 1

The NATA Research & Education Foundation’s Silent Auction has grown to be one of our largest fundraising events of the year.  This year our auction will be online and all items will be displayed “virtually” at our Booth in the AT Expo during the annual NATA Convention in Philadelphia.

More information can be found on the Foundation’s website here.

Pinky Newell Scholarship and Student Leadership Reception

7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 29

Join the NATA Research & Education Foundation and the NATA Early Professionals’ Committee at this networking event recognizing NATA Foundation Scholarship Recipients, Bobby Gunn Student Leadership Awards, and the Deloss Brubaker Awardees for Student Writing.

Space is limited. Reserve your ticket when you register for the in-person convention. To request more than one ticket, contact the NATA Foundation at  

NATA Foundation Faculty Mentor Program Breakfast

8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, June 30

The NATA Foundation Faculty Mentor Program pairs junior faculty members with established faculty who will provide guidance, advice and assistance in navigating the first several years of employment within higher education. The goal is to form a lasting relationship to help the mentee build a solid knowledge base and acquire an understanding of the balance necessary to becoming a successful researcher and educator. Direction of the relationship and areas of focus will be built upon the mutual interests and goals of the pairings.

Invitation only.

Free Communications Presentations

The Free Communications Program is often the first chance an AT gets to present their research and clinical case studies on a topic during the NATA convention. To date, more than  8,000 oral and poster presentations have been provided through this program. The Free Communications Program provides a forum for researchers and clinicians to disseminate research and clinical case studies. Abstracts selected by the committee are published in the Journal of Athletic Training and are presented at the NATA convention via oral or digital poster presentation. 

Digital poster presentations will be available to view in the NATA 2022 On-Demand platform.  In-person registration includes access to NATA 2022 On-Demand (no additional CEUs).

NATA Foundation Distinguished Scholars Presentation

1:40 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. Thursday, June 30

The NATA Foundation Lecture Exchange Program provides athletic trainers with an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research from other health care professionals. It also allows members from these groups to benefit from athletic training speakers who represent the profession by giving presentations at their annual meetings.

This session has two components. The first consists of presentations by our exchange lecturers who represent the organizations below. The second portion of the session includes the recognition of our 2022 research award recipients.

  • The American College of Sports Medicine
  • The American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, and
  • The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine