Bernie Stento, MS, LAT, ATC, certified athletic trainer at Chesterton High School, was named The 2017 – 2018 Newell Award National Athletic Trainer of the Year. The Newell Award National Committee chose him as the recipient of this national award because of his exemplary displays of service and leadership in the local athletic community.

In partnership with several leading orthopaedic practices, including Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute of Chesterton and the surrounding areas, The Newell Award National Committee reviewed regional nominees from across the nation to determine which nominee best exemplifies the values of the award's namesake, William E. Newell, the "Father of Athletic Training." Regional nominees were determined based on examples of service, leadership and shared experiences from local community members. Over 400 exceptional shared experiences were received in support of Stento’s regional nomination for the National Award.

Stento, a longtime certified local athletic trainer and health educator for the community and Chesterton High School, received his bachelor of science degree in health education and athletic training from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. He then went on to earn his master of science degree in exercise and sports science and athletic training from The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He has been extremely involved in the sports medicine community for over 20 years, caring for injured athletes and educating future athletic trainers through his work.

“It is an incredible honor to be chosen for this national award. I love working with our local athletes and seeing their daily improvement with the activities they love,” says Stento. “I have been a certified athletic trainer for the past 28 years. I try to be a positive force in the lives of those I meet and do what's in the best interest of our student athletes at Chesterton High School by bringing my A game each day and providing proper planning to avoid poor performance.”

For more information about The Newell Award or Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute, please visit www.TheNewellAward.com/LBJI.