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Published on May 26, 2016

Tidelands Health athletic trainer finalist for national award

May 26, 2016


Tidelands Health lead athletic trainer Chris DeVault has been named a finalist for the prestigious athletic trainer of the year award by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

DeVault serves as head athletic trainer at Georgetown High School.

 In naming DeVault a finalist, the association profiled him in its publication and singled him out for successfully creating quality athletic training services in Georgetown County’s high schools.  “As the head athletic trainer at Georgetown High School, DeVault has made it his mission to provide quality athletic training services to the county’s student-athletes by placing full-time athletic trainers in each of the four high schools and organizing the Safe Sports School application process,” the article said. 

“To be considered for an award is a great honor and a privilege,” DeVault said.  “If it were not for the many people I have worked with over the years and the people I work with now, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am beyond humbled for even being considered for this type of award. My life has been blessed!”

Conway High School head athletic trainer Jim Berry wrote in his nomination letter that “the athletic health care system Chris has helped to create for his county and community is sometimes the only health care many students have regular access to.”

DeVault joined the health system in 2005. Under his leadership, the district earned the National Athletic Training Association’s Safe Sports School First Team Award.

 Active in the Georgetown community, DeVault was inspired by his late Uncle Carl, who was mentally disabled and always loved Christmas, to start Carl’s Christmas Cheer. The initiative provides gifts to the Georgetown County Toys for Tots program and was especially helpful to area families after last fall’s flooding.


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