Games, who goes by Kent, is one of only two students from the National Athletic Trainers Association’s District IV invited to attend the workshop. The district encompasses the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Only 20 athletic training students throughout the country, two students from each district, receive an invitation to the workshop each year.
“After I got over the initial shock, I realized what a great opportunity it is for me to network with student leaders and leaders within the profession of athletic training,” said Games. “I also realized what a great opportunity it is to represent Grand Valley and Grand Valley Athletic Training at such a distinguished event.”
The four-day workshop in Fort Lauderdale, offers sessions on leadership, professionalism, communication, volunteerism and research. Games said he will incorporate what he learns into the leadership roles he holds at Grand Valley.
The Noblesville, Indiana, native is the Athletic Training Honor Society vice president, the Grand Valley Athletic Training Education Student co-chair and the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association’s Student Senate 2008-2010 Michigan senator.
“I would like to pursue a master’s degree in biomechanics, kinesiology or exercise physiology,” said Games. “I would then like to enter an athletic training fellowship to gain additional clinical skill and become orthopedic tech certified. Ultimately, I would like to be a certified athletic trainer working as a physician extender.”