North Carolina athletic trainer Jim Bazluki was presented with a 2016 Athletic Trainer Service Award for his outstanding service at the state and district levels. The Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers Association (MAATA, D3) recently presented its annual awards at the Spring Symposium in Virginia Beach, VA this past May 20-22, 2016.
Bazluki currently serves as the NCATA Secretary, Co-Chair of the NCATA Professional Education Committee and serves on the MAATA Site Selection Committee. He works for Carolinas Healthcare System and has outreach responsibilities with Northwest Cabarrus High School in Concord, NC. He also serves as adjunct faculty with UNC-Charlotte teaching several classes as well as a preceptor for the ATEP program. This award is one of many that adorn his office as he is a 1997 NCATA Athletic Trainer of the Year for College/University; 2005 NCATA Athletic Trainer of the Year for Secondary Schools (first and only 2-time winner of the ATOY in different categories); 2010 Charlotte Catholic HS Hall of Fame Inductee; 2014 NCATA Hall of Fame Inductee (youngest ever inductee); and the recent 2016 MAATA Service Award.
A 25-year veteran of athletic training, Bazluki has always been in ‘service’ mode. “From my days as an undergraduate student at East Carolina University, we were always taught to volunteer and give back to the profession by being involved and stepping up to the plate in service to others” Bazluki said. “I am proud of my long history of service and hope that my career will serve as inspiration to others to step up and get involved in their profession. It is truly an honor to be recognized by the MAATA for my work and dedication.”
When asked about what is next on the horizon, Bazluki stated that he has taken steps to run for MAATA Secretary this fall and hopes to be able to continue his service to the profession and bring a new style of leadership and commitment to the district level.