Lori Mobley Groover Leadership Award

Lori M. Goover
Lori M. Goover

Lori Mobley Groover was a native of Hinesville, GA and had also lived in Newnan, GA prior to her arrival in Thibodaux in August of 2006 when she was hired as an Assistant Professor of Athletic Training.  In January of 2007, Lori was named the Coordinator of Health Sciences here at Nicholls where she served in this capacity until May of 2009.  Lori was diagnosed with cancer on June 12, 2009 as she was transitioning to become the Director of Athletic Training Services at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta until her untimely death on August 8, 2009.

Prior to her success at Nicholls State, Lori served others through her profession of Athletic Training at Candler Sports Medicine and Memorial Sports Medicine (Savannah, GA); South Effingham High School (Springfield, GA); Woodward Academy (College Park, GA);  University Orthopedic Physician Extender Program (Atlanta, GA); 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games; Georgia High School Athletic Association, Sports Medicine Advisory Committee; Gatorade Athletic Trainers Board; Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association (Vice-President as well as President); and most recently as a member of the Executive Board and Secretary of the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association.  Her professional legacy is evident because her efforts, skills, and leadership advanced and enhanced these associations so their members can better serve others. 

Lori’s professional expertise was enhanced with her unique ability to understand and relate to the personal concerns of others while ensuring mandated teachings and work related duties were accomplished in the highest manner possible.  She had the natural ability to bond with people from all walks of life.  Lori’s skills were learned through her achievements at Valdosta State University, Georgia Southern University, and the University of Cincinnati.

The Nicholls Student Athletic Training Society (NSATS) is dedicating the Lori Mobley Groover Leadership Award to this legacy in honor of Lori’s example and passion for:

  • Excelling in work ethics
  • Proactive engagement in NSATS and the Athletic Training Education Program
  • Displaying a positive attitude
  • Demonstrating professionalism simultaneously with concern and empathy for others
  • Continuously mentoring and counseling others with no regard for race, religion, age, gender, or profession.

This Award will be given to Junior and Senior level athletic training students at Nicholls State University who demonstrate the qualities and characteristics of a student leader engaged in the athletic training profession.  The winners of this award receive his/her paid student membership to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association for the award year.

To qualify for this award, the student must:

  • be a junior or senior Athletic Training Student (in good standing) at Nicholls
  • be an active member of NSATS
  • have attended the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association Student Symposium
  • demonstrate student leadership through engagement in service to University, community, state or national groups/organizations/associations;
  • provide a letter of recommendation from a representative/member of a(n) University, community, state, regional, or national group/organization/association;
  • complete a NATA Membership Application
  • write a brief essay on “What Professionalism means to Me!”

Applications are due by November 1st of each year.  The Selection Committee shall compose of the faculty members of the Athletic Training Education Program and the professional staff athletic trainers of the Athletics Department who are in good standing with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners.

A plaque will be placed on the wall of the athletic training education program to display the award and to recognize the award recipients.