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Carrboro High School athletic trainer honored by state Athletic Directors Association

Photo courtesy of Myranda Crump.

Carrboro High School athletic trainer Myranda Crump, who is known by her colleagues for going above and beyond in her work, was recently recognized as the 2024 North Carolina Athletic Directors Association Athletic Trainer of the Year.

She started her career as an athletic trainer at J.H. Rose High School in Greenville. After a few years of working there, she moved to Carrboro High School, where she has worked since.

She said she enjoys working at CHS because of the amount of support she receives from staff, students and the community itself. 

“My favorite part is always just getting to interact with the community, parents, kids on a daily basis — not one day looks the same," Crump said. “Thankfully, teenagers make my job very, very funny and interesting."

Scarlett Steinert, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ director of healthful living, athletics and drivers education, said Crump was hired at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, which meant she had to start her job online.

Steinert said Crump’s work during this time included preparing for the upcoming athletic school year by planning for a variety of situations working with EMTs, firefighters and the other athletic trainers in the district. Steinert said the work exemplified her professionalism and was one of the reasons she nominated Crump.

“She's a very professional athletic trainer — one of the best trainers I've ever worked with in my many years in this business,” Steinert said. “She cares about students first, and is great at communicating with coaches, parents and kids, and just really takes her job so serious.”

The NCADA started offering a variety of awards during COVID, when the board decided to recognize essential personnel that were taken for granted before, Roy Turner, executive director of the NCADA, said.

“That's our intent: to just sort of spotlight what people are doing and obviously, we feel like this is a great way of doing this,” he said.

Any school in North Carolina can nominate someone for an award, he said. The Athletic Trainer of the Year Award is one of the highest nominated awards the organization gives out, with 37 nominations last year.

Turner said Crump wasn’t just nominated once — she was nominated by four or five different people at Carrboro High School. When it came to selecting the award’s winner, he said it was an obvious choice.

“It was because of the descriptions, and the way other people spoke of her, that you know she's making a positive difference in their community,” he said.

A lot of the work athletic trainers do, such as emergency plans, CPR training and rehabbing students, happens behind the scenes. Despite her work being important to keeping kids safe, Steinert said, it is not something people necessarily see on a daily basis, which is why it is so important to recognize.

Crump said she had no idea she was nominated. When she found out she won the award, she was both honored and surprised. 

“This is a job where you don't do it for the recognition or the thank-you's — it's a very selfless job,” she said. “I do it because I love my kids. I love the community. I love being able to see somebody go from surgery to full return to play, or even a small injury and just getting over that hump. So I do this not for the thank-you's, but it is always nice to know you are recognized.”

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