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Increasing Ethnic Diversity in Athletic Training

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We are a part of the solution to the following problem:

Research has demonstrated that Black/African Americans (AA) do not receive the same quality of healthcare and have poorer health outcomes within our medical system in comparison to Caucasians. Research has also demonstrated that Black/AA patients receive better care when they are treated by a Black/AA healthcare provider

As of June 22, 2020, only 3.39% of Certified Athletic Trainers in the United States (U.S.) identify as Black/AA.

In contrast, the percentage of AA living in the U.S. per most recent U.S. Census was 13.4%.

In similar contrast, per the NCAA’s demographics report published in March 2020, male and female AA student athletes, made up 11% and 5% of the student athlete population, respectively.

There are low numbers of Black/AA Certified Athletic Trainers practicing in the U.S., despite large numbers of Black/AA athletes competing, getting sick/injured, and needing care in the U.S.

Our Solution: Increase the number of practicing Certified Athletic Trainers that identify as Black/AA in the united states to 5% by 2025.


1.  Researching this problem, its possible causes, and its impact

       a.  Identify areas of greatest need for Black Athletic Trainers

       b.  Identify barriers to reaching our proposed solution

2.  Raising our voices by starting a podcast

       a.  To share research

       b.  To share information in order to enable other Athletic Trainers to affect change

       c.   To create jobs

3.  Hire a Certified Athletic Trainer to drive research and podcast

Fundraising: goal: $115,000

Transparency in fundraising goals

1.       Athletic Trainer salary each year for two years: $50,000

2.       Research funding: $10,000

3.       Podcast equipment: $5000

How you can support:

If 1,000 people donate $100, we will be very close to our fundraising goal. Please consider supporting in this manner and/or sharing with 10 people that you know that would be in support of our efforts.

Fundraising team (3)

Adam C. Cady
Los Angeles, CA
Christopher Bates
Kristen Ross
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