My first trip to Washington D.C. for Hit the Hill was part of my administration project from my undergraduate athletic training program. I attended, naive but hopeful that I would be able to make an impact. With the guidance from Mitzi Laughlin from District 6, we attended meetings with Senator Ted Cruz, Representative Pete Olson, and others from around the state of Texas. Little did I know that we sparked an interest with Rep. Olson who is now a co-sponsor on H.R. 72 (Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights). Though the meeting was short and the bill has not been passed into legislation, our efforts to simply tell our story and the relentless efforts of the PAC are having an impact!
It is simple to get involved and even easier to find something you are passionate about. Get on-line, help out, and seek ways to do a little more for yourself, your athletes and the profession.
Zachary Winkelmann, LAT, ATC