Local athletic trainer, Evan Hagen of Tumwater High School, named regional nominee for The Newell 2017 National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award

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Evan Hagen, certified athletic trainer at Tumwater High School, was recently named the regional nominee for The Newell 2017 National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. As the regional nominee, Hagen advanced on to join other regional nominees from across the nation to be considered The Newell Award 2017 National Athletic Trainer of the Year.

In partnership with local leading orthopaedic practices, such as Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, The Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award recognizes high school athletic trainers for the service and leadership they provide 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. Several exceptional shared experiences from community members were received in support of Hagen’s regional nomination for the National Award.

Hagen, a Tumwater High School alumnus, received his bachelor’s degree in health and human performance from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, USA Track & Field, and Road Runners Club of America. He built the athletic training program at Tumwater High School from the ground up, and outside of work, he volunteers at community events such as the Bob Shaner Invite, the Washington State Senior Games and the Club Oly Road Runners.

“The outpouring of support from community members on Mr. Hagen’s behalf has been tremendous and certainly well-deserved,” says Dr. Tracy Hamblin, sports medicine doctor with Olympia Orthopaedic Associates. “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 athletes.”

In addition to Hagen, there were several other exceptional candidates considered for regional nomination for The Newell 2017 National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award including Stephanie Hjortedal of River Ridge High School, Rebekah McFann of Capital High School and Amethyst Shepherd of Timberline High School.