CLASS OF 2011
George M. Roberts is a Titusville, Pennsylvania native, who received his Bachelor's degree from Edinboro University through an Athletic Training Intemship Program and attending the West Chester University's summer program. He became a Certified Athletic Trainer in 1976. George completed his first Master's Degree from Slippery Rock University in Health Science in 1980. He received a second Master's Degree from Edinboro University in School Administration in 1990.
George's legacy may be that he was a "serviceman." Although, during his time as a young man, he was never called to serve his country. He has always accepted the mission of his chosen profession, "to serve." Whether it be a patient in a clinic, a high school athlete, an Olympian, or a college athlete, he felt obligated to serve. He always performed to the highest standards, and his athletes appreciated his work ethic and his character.
George has always been available to serve his profession by serving on various committees and in leadership positions in the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society. He has served as PATS Northwestern Representative, 2006-2010, and as Chair of the. Governmental Affairs committee from 2006-2010.
George was very active in the NATA, District II, and Pennsylvania. He served as an NATA Test Administrator from 1979-1999 and as Chair of the District II Governmental Affairs Committee from 1999-2008. He also chaired the Athletic Training Advisory committee to the PeOllsylvaniaB~ Physical Therapy from 1996-2002. He was confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate in 2010 as the Chair to the Allied Health Professionals Committee on the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. George, as an educator, has also served the NATA on the Educational Degree Task Force from 2007-2009 and as an advisor to the Ranges School of Health Sciences at Duquesne University-Athletic Training Education Committee, 1985-1999. George received the PATS Service award in 2003.
George has been a driving force behind the scenes for our legislative efforts with the NATA in Washington D.C. and PATS in Harrisburg. He was instrumental in assisting PATS with finding our current lobbyists, The Winter Group. The hiring of our current lobbyists has increased PATS presence with legislators in Harrisburg, and it has allowed PATS to be significantly involved with sports health legislation.
George was very active serving the United States Olympic teams, He was selected as an athletic trainer for four Olympic Sports Festivals; 1981, 1982, 1983, and 1987. He worked the world University Games in 1983, and he served as a Staff Athletic Trainer at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, CA and at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain.
George has served Edinboro University as an Associate Professor and Head Athletic Trainer from 1985-2004. Currently, George teaches numerous skills courses at the University, in addition to Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology.
George and Penny have been married for 34 years, and they have a daughter, Kristin, son, Brian, son-in-law, Brian, and two granddaughters, Sydney, 5, and Madison, 3.