"I've discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it."
- William Faulkner

Monday, July 9, 2007

congrats, strats!

A round of applause for Strat!

My dad is being inducted into the Mississippi Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame today. He spent nearly 30 years on the field taking care of every athlete on the campuses of Georgia Southern and Mississippi State University during the time of his reign as athletic trainer.

In 1973 after graduation from Georgia Southern, the pursuit of his masters degree brought him to Starkville and MSU, where he met my mom and, after a few years, was named Associate Athletic Director of Sports Medicine where he cultivated innumerable friendships that still mean the world to him today. 20 years following his first days in Starkville, he moved from Shira Field House to the Bryan Building, where he is still the Associate A.D. for Athletic Development. I think about him every time I see a trainer on any field or court, and I know he remembers those days with the fondest of memories.

Here’s to you, Dad!


meredith said...

congratulations to your dad, mary straton!!! I read the SDN article - so nice! You must be so proud of him. He has always been so kind and genuine the few times I've been around him. He obviously deserves the honor!

LT (and Max) said...

yay mr. strat! Oh how i love that guy.
and i particularly love the last photo. wow.
tell him i said congrats.

Trey and Heather said...

i really love that man.
i remember when I was stung by a bee he helped me...or maybe it was when Kristen broke her arm. Can't remember.


Trey and Heather said...

OH: on the harry potter note.
I, too, have read all HP books, but Trey is a little obsessed. Not childish at all, MSKS. Give it a shot. Trey RE-READS each book before the movie comes out. not just the 5th year before the 5th movie, persay, but ALL books leading up to the movie.

He does not, however, dress in costume to see the films.

Mary Katherine said...

that's awesome! love the polyester thing

Anonymous said...

Congrats to your DAD!!! That is great! Love the last photo.


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