Students receive athletic training certification

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Students choose to go to college not only to enhance their knowledge, but also to become proficient in a field that they hope to pursue as a future career. Such was the case for Sterling College senior Andrew Drake of Craig, Colo., and Jonathan Lovercamp ’09 of Beaumont, Texas, who were both recognized recently for receiving their certification in athletic training. Following certification, Drake and Lovercamp are now able to practice as certified athletic trainers and can begin working professionally.

Drake and Lovercamp took the Board of Certification exam for athletic training in November following the completion of their Bachelor of Science degree requirements. Their accomplishment was recognized on Dec. 6 during halftime of the Sterling College men’s basketball game.

Drake will be completing an internship at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., from Jan. 2 to May 10, 2013. Putting on more than 200 events each year, Disney Sports is focused on providing students the opportunity to take sports and competition to the next level.

“Andrew has had a great last two semesters within our program,” said Director of Athletic Training Pete Manely. “He has really stepped up academically and clinically. His excitement for athletic training and his future has been fun to watch and after passing his exam on the first time is at an all-time high. I wish Andrew all the best of luck working at Disney’s Wide World of Sports, and can’t wait to see where he will be attending graduate school in the fall.”

Following his graduation in 2009, Lovercamp also worked as an intern at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports and as an intern in the Sterling College Athletic Training Education Program. Lovercamp plans to begin graduate studies in the fall of 2013.

“Jonathan has been an absolute blessing for Sterling College and my department this fall. I am so proud to have watched Jonathan grow into the man he has become, not only in maturity but also in professionalism. His career is about to take some big steps and I can’t begin to say how elated I am in seeing where he will be next,” said Manely.