Garnett E. “Moose” Detty, inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1994, was considered an “Ambassador” of Athletic Training. During his tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1961 - 1975 he preached to all the importance of the new field of athletic training. He educated medical school students, podiatry students, orthopaedic residents, physicians, college student athletic trainers, high school administrators and even local clubs on the role of this new health care professional - the athletic trainer - in the care of injured athletes. The native Oklahoman is a decorated Marine from his service to our country at the Battle of Midway during World War II. He was a successful Golden Glove Boxer where he was not only a Tri State and Fleet Marine Corp Heavyweight Champion but also a successful coach. In 1952 he was selected AAU Boxing Coach of the Year and tutored the 1952 Olympic Gold Medalist. His ingenuity led to the use of newly discovered neoprene and its use for athletes. He turned this into a successful business and retired from athletic training in 1975. Pro Orthopaedics allowed him to give back to the profession he loved. Pro was the sole sponsor of the PATS Newsletter for several years and sponsored many other District and State Newsletters and provided scholarship opportunities for future athletic trainers. He also established the Warren Lee Trust fund, named in honor of the Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Arizona who died during his tenure there. Moose received the first PATS Service Award in 1991, retired as Pro’s CEO in 1994 and resides in Tucson, AZ.
Garnett E. "Moose" Detty
Limited space cannot do justice to the contributions Joe Godek has accomplished over the last three decades on the local, state, regional, national and international levels. The 1999 NATA Hall of Fame inductee was a charter member of PATS, oversaw the drafting of the Commonwealth’s initial Athletic Training legislation, served as liaison to the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association from 1979 - 1983 and sat on the Athletic Trainers' Advisory Committee from 1984 - 1988. He was the EATA President from 1978 - 1984 and District II Director from 1987 - 1993. During his last year as District Director, he served as Vice President of the NATA. If service were not enough, Joe has been a strong proponent of education both in and out the classroom. He has been an instrumental part of the undergraduate education program at West Chester University since 1972 mentoring nearly 1000 students. Outside the classroom he served as program chair for the EATA meetings in 1978 & 79 and the NATA convention in 1980. His scholarship is evident by numerous lectures at meetings worldwide, numerous articles and other publications. He also served as editor to Athletic Therapy Today and served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Rehabilitation. He has received numerous awards including: inducted into the Legion of Honor of Four Chaplains in 1980, received the EATA Cramer Award in 1985; the PATS Distinguished Service Award in 1986; the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 1994 and granted full Professorship at West Chester in 1994. Joe is also dedicated to his community. He gave several speeches to local school districts to improve Adaptive Physical Education Programs and Pre Season Athletic Physicals and gladly gave time to advise local coaches and athletic trainers. He spent 15 years assisting the community's handicapped children’s swim program.
Joseph J. Godek
NATA Hall of Fame Member
Willie Myers is the first of two athletic trainers to have worked both at Penn State and The University of Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania Athletic Trainer Hall of Famer Chuck Medlar hired the 1957 Penn State graduate right out of school. In August of 1965 he was tempted from his Alma Mater by the University of Pittsburgh to be their Head Athletic Trainer and served the Panther student-athletes until 1973. He became a Sales Representative for various athletic companies including Johnson & Johnson, Bike, Riddell and Russell Athletic. He retired in 1999 and now works as a part time rep for Medco. Willie continued to touch the lives of the student-athletes at Somerset High School from 1973 - 1985 where he volunteered his services and presently assists Penn State during their pre season camp each summer. He is a founding father of athletic training in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and charter member of PATS. He was given honorary membership to the NATA in 1985 and recognized by PATS with its Service Award in 1992.
David J. Tomasi, known by all as Tomas, was the “Keystone” to athletic training students at Lock Haven for 25 years. He mentored over 250 student athletic trainers to their success today. Dave was not only dedicated to teaching and caring for every student, but also to the profession of athletic training within the Commonwealth. As a charter member of PATS he served on the Licensure and A-V committees and was elected to the Executive Board as its' Central Representative. Regionally he served as the President of the EATA and the Chair of the EATA Scholarship and Fund Raising committee. As a speaker he has presented seminars in Taiwan and China as well as spoke at the NATA and EATA annual meetings. Dave was also a leader in his community as a founding member of the Mill Hall Rotary Club and served for the Borough Council chairing the Finance Committee. In 1987 he received the EATA Cramer Award and is the only dual recipient of the PATS Distinguished Merit and PATS Service Award. The most cherished of his awards is from his former students; in 1995, they established the David J. Tomasi Scholarship at Lock Haven, endowing scholarships to promising athletic training students for years to come.
David J. Tomasi
When we think of Philadelphia and Sports Medicine, one of the first names to come to mind is Joe Torg. Along with Pennsylvania Athletic Trainer Hall of Famer Ted Quedenfeld, he established the first outreach Sports Medicine Clinic in the country at Temple University in 1974. Dr. Torg initiated similar programs at The University of Pennsylvania and MCP-Hahnemann hospitals. He served as team physician for three of the four Philadelphia professional sports teams - the Phillies, the Eagles and the 76ers, The University of Pennsylvania and counseled thousands of athletes of all ages in the Greater Philadelphia area. One of Dr. Torg’s loves is research. His numerous research projects made a profound impact upon the sporting world. Teaming again with Ted Quedenfeld their research changed football in two major ways: first with the modification of cleats and secondly the banning of spearing in football.