Diane King | South Forsyth High School | Cumming, GA
Diane King provides first-class care to over 800 athletes and 22 Varsity sports at South Forsyth High School. She works closely with coaches, officials, administrators, parents and athletes to coordinate the best personalized care plan for the individual, sports, venue or injury. She can always point a student-athlete in the right direction and maintains a calming presence when adversity strikes. Diane is often “on call” for multiple events and is always only a text away. She implemented a school-wide physical day for all athletes, making mandatory screenings accessible for all students while raising money for the athletic department across all sports. Diane excels in her job as the school’s Athletic Trainer, but what sets her apart is her ability to do so with humor, poise and spirit. Due to exponential growth and new schools being built, South Forsyth has had to split up twice in twelve years, causing new local rivals. Her presence on social media surrounding school spirit, respect and pride has a major influence on the students. Her enthusiasm and unwavering spirit have been excellent for maintaining school culture and re-building War Eagle pride each time the school has split.
Kiyun Lynch | Atrisco Heritage Academy High School | Albuquerque, NM
According to those at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School, Kiyun Lynch is head and shoulders above the rest in the entire state of New Mexico. The passion Kiy has for his job is inspiring not only to his student athletes, but the whole community. On average, Kiy receives over fifty injuries a month, ranging from sprained ankles to torn ACL’s and many more. He develops a recovery plan for each athlete, specific to their needs, and makes sure they have a full understanding of their injury and recovery before they leave his office. He is so passionate about his field that he sacrifices his weekends to ensure the athletes stay on track for recovery and offers his time and effort to help other schools in the state with a shortage of athletic trainers. Throughout the state, Kiy’s dedication has been recognized by many. His commitment is demonstrated through him teaching classes, attending games, competitions, matches, etc. Through his work, he shares both his knowledge and devotion to his students who someday aspire to fill his shoes. He also makes it a priority to attend all sporting events of Atrisco Heritage. Kiy makes the effort to take care of both his athletes at school and his family at home. Many athletes look up to him as an example of a positive role model, and he can even be viewed as a father figure. He doesn’t settle for anything less than the best for Atrisco Heritage, his family and himself.