January 27, 2004

Frank George To Receive Frank Lanning Award by Words Unlimited

Jan. 27, 2004

Providence, RI -

Frank George, the Director of Sports Medicine at Brown, will receive the Frank Lanning Award, for his service to Rhode Island, by Words Unlimited, the organization of Rhode Island sportswriters and broadcasters. George will be honored at the 58th Annual Words Unlimited Banquet, February 15, 2004, at the Radisson Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island.

In 1966 a young athletic trainer came to Brown, and immediately became a confidante to the football coaching staff while performing his athletic training duties at the highest level. Now, 38 years later, Frank George, a name synonymous with athletic training excellence on a national level, is retiring as Brown's Director of Sports Medicine.

In 38 years covering Brown football, he never missed a game, covering 363 consecutive football games.

A resident of Cumberland, George began his athletic training career at the University of Massachusetts where he received an undergraduate degree in physical education in 1962. George then went on to receive his certificate of physical therapy from Boston University in 1963.

"Frank George is Brown Sports Medicine," said head athletic trainer Russ Fiore, who has been with Frank at Brown for 24 years. "Frank built this program and everything you see here is because of him. Frank is one of the most respected and recognized athletic trainers in the country. He's a tireless worker who just loves his job."

Throughout his career, George has compiled a distinguished and lengthy resume. He was the first East Coast trainer to be elected president of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), serving two two-year terms from 1974-78.

In 1976, he served as a trainer for the U.S. Olympic Team at the Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria and was the supervisor of all athletic trainers for the United States Team at the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid, NY.

George has been the associate editor of the Yearbook of Sports Medicine since its inception in 1980 and has authored and presented numerous papers in the field of sports medicine during his time at Brown.

Perhaps George's most impressive accomplishment came in 1991 when he was inducted into the National Trainers Association Hall of Fame in New Orleans, LA. Induction into that prestigious club is based on an individual's contribution to athletic training on the national level and candidates must have served 25 years in the profession to qualify for consideration. At the time of his induction, the NATA Hall of Fame consisted of only 166 members.

The Eastern Athletic Trainers Association recently honored Frank with a scholarship in his name, to be presented annually to a student athletic trainer to further their education in student training. He has also been honored by the Rhode Island High School Athletic Directors for his contributions to high school sports in the state, and has worked with the Rhode Island Injury Fund, lecturing high school coaches on safety measures.

Tickets for the banquet can be obtained through the Brown Sports Information Office. Call 401-863-1095 for more information.