Kentucky's Webster to be Inducted into NATA Hall of Fame

June 18, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. - University of Kentucky's Keith Webster, the head athletic trainer and an assistant professor/adjunct faculty at UK, will be inducted into the National Athletic Trainer's Association Hall of Fame on Thursday, joining three other Hall of Fame inductees in the organization's highest honor.

Webster will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during its 61st annual meeting at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia next week along with Lindenwood University's Randy Biggerstaff, Baker University's Lynn Bott and Broward Health's Frank Walters.

NATA, a nonprofit organization representing and supporting members of the athletic profession, awards the national honor to candidates for exceptional contributions and service to the association and the profession. The Hall of Fame is the highest honor an athletic trainer can receive.

Nominees were selected and reviewed by their athletic training peers, based on their time and effort in advancing the athletic training profession. Their professional excellence, volunteer service and community outreach have distinguished them among many candidates for this honor.

"These Hall of Fame inductees have gone above and beyond the call of duty in every way," said Eve Becker-Doyle, executive director of NATA. "They have lobbied for legislative change, created new athletic training programs and done all they can to promote their profession."

Webster will join the NATA Hall of Fame after serving as the head athletic training at UK. He served 10 on NATA's Governmental Affairs Committee before working nine years as chair of that committee.

During his tenure, several U.S. states adopted new legislation or revised existing laws. Webster is currently on the board of directors for the NATA Political Action Committee. For nearly five years, he has been on the University of Kentucky Advocacy Network, which lobbies for the university's initiatives.

Webster, who received a bachelor of arts from the University of Kentucky and master of arts from Morehead State University, joined UK in 1997 after previous stops as the head athletic trainer at Centre College (1978-80), assistant athletic trainer at Florida (1980-82), head athletic trainer at Morehead State (1982-92) and director of sports relations at The Hughston Sports Medicine Clinic (1992-97).

While at The Hughston Sports Medicine Clinic, Webster served as president of the Georgia Athletic Trainers' Association and facilitated a partnership between the Journal of Athletic Training and Hughston Sports Medicine Foundation.

In addition to next week's induction, Webster was named to the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame in 2009. SEATA also honored Webster with the 2007 Award of Merit, an honor given to a person who has brought the organization honor and national recognition.

Webster and his wife, Denise, have two children, Megan and Kevin.