ATHENS — The University of Georgia Athletic Association’s Behavioral Medicine Coordinator Lovie Tabron was recently named the recipient of the Chuck Kimmel Award of Merit. The award is one of the highest awards given to a member of the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association. Its purpose is to recognize the person and the work that has been done on the district as well as the national level.
“One of my short-term and long-term goals is just to do my part and making an imprint on making different areas of the world better for others,” said Tabron. “As far as athletic training, paving a path for other people that resemble me so that they feel comfortable in that space; to create new avenues to better support our athletic trainers and the student-athletes or patients that we serve, and just leave an impression that makes a difference in people’s lives. We’re honoring and promoting athletic training as a profession.”
Tabron joined UGA Athletics in July of 2017. Previously, Tabron served as an Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Medicine at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. She also worked as an athletic trainer with the track and field program for 4 years.
Tabron is one of few athletic trainers in the NCAA fully committed to behavioral medicine. She has created an educational curriculum in which she has implemented the different ways it can be distributed. Tabron assists with mental health crises and has also created emergency protocols.