The Board of Certification for athletic trainers awarded Rep. Paul Ray from the state of Utah the Public Advocacy Award. The ward was presented on July 14, 2017 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Paul has been and continues to be an advocate for the public and athletic training. He has served as the voice of athletic training in the Utah legislature since about 2005. He has helped draft and support legislation that has brought athletic trainers into a position of recognition in Utah. Sponsored bills have included: athletic training licensure, listing athletic trainers as health care providers in key sections of the Utah code, protection of youth athletes mandating an athletic trainer in every high school, concussion legislation, and third party billing for athletic trainers.