Bernie Stento, MS, LAT, ATC, certified athletic trainer at Chesterton High School, has been named the regional nominee for The 2017 – 2018 Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. As the regional nominee, Stento will advance on to join other regional nominees from across the nation to be considered The Newell Award National Athletic Trainer of the Year, which will be announced in May.

In partnership with local leading orthopaedic practices, such as Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute in Chesterton, Crown Point, Knox, LaPorte, Michigan City, Portage, Schererville and Valparaiso (Valparaiso – Cumberland and Valparaiso – Valley), The 2017 – 2018 Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award recognizes athletic trainers for the service and leadership they provide local athletic communities. Based on examples of service, leadership and shared experiences from community members, nominees for The Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award are determined regionally. Over 400 exceptional shared experiences from community members were received in support of Stento’s regional nomination for the National Award. 

“The outpouring of support from community members on Mr. Stento’s behalf has been tremendous and certainly well-deserved,” says Dr. Anthony Levenda, sports medicine surgeon with Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute. “We feel honored to acknowledge his efforts by partnering with The Newell Award to recognize the region’s top athletic trainers for the service and leadership they display while treating our community’s athletes.”

Stento, a long-time 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 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.

In addition to Stento, there were several other exceptional candidates considered for regional nomination for The 2017 – 2018 Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award including Mike Ahearn of Valparaiso High School, Erica Applegate of Portage High School and Charles Hesser of Wheeler High School. 

“The testimonials received on behalf of all the candidates demonstrate how fortunate we are at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute to work with such an incredible group of medical professionals,” continues Dr. Levenda. “It is also a reminder to our communities how lucky we are to have them on the sidelines for our student athletes.” 

To learn more about The Newell Award, visit www.TheNewellAward.com/LBJI