Colonie Central High School Athletic Trainers Aimee Brunelle and Kurt Pfaffenbach were recently recognized by the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association for their work in athletics. Both Brunelle and Pfaffenbach earned the Joseph Abraham Award for providing outstanding athletic injury care for student-athletes at South Colonie. Additionally, Brunelle also earned the John Sciera Service Award recognizing her outstanding contribution to the profession of athletic training in New York State.
The pair received recognition earlier this month by the association but were recently highlighted by the South Colonie Board of Education during their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
“I am extremely proud to recognize both Aimee and Kurt for their outstanding work which shows the district’s commitment to our student-athletes and highlights our cutting edge athletic training program,” said South Colonie Board of Education President Rose Gigliello. “The recognition received by the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association not only highlights the work of our dedicated staff members but also recognizes the district’s increased commitment to the health and safety of our student-athletes. We are proud to have them on our team supporting this important work.”
About the Awards
Joseph Abraham Award
The Joseph Abraham Award is given annually by the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association (NYSATA) to the high school that has provided outstanding athletic injury care to the student–athletes of their school. Colonie Central High School (CCHS) and athletic trainers Aimee Brunelle and Kurt Pfaffenbach have been honored with this year’s award. NYSATA recognizes Colonie’s increased commitment to the health and safety of its student-athletes through the direct hire of a full-time certified athletic trainer in 2016, after part-time services that began nearly 30 years prior.
NYSATA also recognizes that CCHS has been very generous in providing Aimee Brunelle with the means to begin to build and evolve not only in the physical space of a quality athletic training facility, but the ability to provide services such as injury evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation during school hours, as well as offering a HVCC credit-class in Athletic Training for students.
John Sciera Service Award
The John Sciera (pronounced Sierra) Service Award recognizes members of NYSATA for their service and/or outstanding contribution to the profession of athletic training in New York State. Nominees must have demonstrated dedication, loyalty and service to the profession of athletic training and the NYSATA. Their contributions may have directly or indirectly impacted all members of the NYSATA.
Aimee Brunelle was selected to receive this prestigious award. Brunelle’s contributions to NYSATA span 17 years as a former president, longtime newsletter editor, and currently, Conference & Education committee chair as well as co-chair of the Governmental Affairs committee.