Longwood High School Athletic Trainer Receives Prestigious Joseph Abraham Award
Middle Island, NY, April 11, 2016 –The New York State Athletic Trainers Association (NYSATA) has awarded Longwood High School’s Athletic Department and Athletic Trainer Michele Mensch with the 2016 prestigious Joseph Abraham Award, recognizing outstanding athletic injury care and training services. Mrs. Mensch, a Longwood alumnus, has been treating student-athlete injuries for close to 25 years. “It is my distinct honor to present this award to Michele Mensch who has provided superb health care to this school district and community,” said James Pierre-Glaude, Clinical Assistant Professor/Clinical Coordinator for the Stony Brook University School of Health Technology and Management. “Mrs. Mensch was one of my first clinical instructors when I was an athletic training intern at Longwood School District in the early 2000s. To this day, she remains one of my mentors and role models.”
Joseph Abraham was a pioneer during his 40 years as an athletic trainer, and one of the first professionals to recognize the need for quality athletic training programs at the high school level. During his career, Joe served his profession as National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) District Director, Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA) Secretary-Treasurer for 17 years and played a strong role in NYSATA. He served as an athletic trainer at both the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and at the Lake Placid Games in 1968. As a result of his outstanding career, he was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1970.
“This award is a tremendous honor for the school district, community and the athletic department,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael R. Lonergan. “I have seen Michele’s dedication to our student-athletes, coaching staff and parents. She is a genuine asset to our district, and we’re fortunate to have her on our sidelines.”