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Manely to Visit Gatorade, Speak at USA Cheer
April 5, 2012
There are two things that NAIA athletic trainers are not normally invited to do, and Pete Manely, director of athletic training at Sterling College, is doing them both in the same week.
On Monday, April 23, Manely, along with over sixty NCAA Division I athletic trainers, will travel to the Gatorade corporate headquarters in Chicago. While there, the trainers will engage in a meet and greet, tour the facilities, and participate in a training session on new Gatorade products. A question and answer time, as well as a product review, are also on the schedule. All of the major Bowl Championship Series universities that use Gatorade are invited; Manely is the only NAIA trainer invited.
Manely was invited to corporate headquarters because he was a part of the initial Gatorade G-Series product use at national cheer camps with USA Cheer before G-Series hit the store shelves.
“I’m going there to open up doors for my students,” said Manely. “It’s networking. Who knows which students will gain from me rubbing shoulders with NCAA trainers? It’s a great opportunity for me to market Sterling’s program.”
Many Sterling graduates go on to work for NCAA schools as athletic trainers or to pursue their master’s from NCAA schools.
When the conference at Gatorade wraps up on April 25, Manely will go to Orlando, Fla., where he will speak at the Inaugural Cheer Safety Symposium as an expert on safety and how to treat injuries sustained in cheer. Manely worked with Jim Lord, the director of the American Association of Cheerleading Coache