School certified athletic trainer Bernie Stento has been named the 2017-2018
Newell Award National Athletic Trainer of the Year because of his exemplary
displays of service and leadership in the local athletic community.
“It is an
incredible honor to be chosen for this national award,” Stento said. “I love
working with our local athletes and seeing their daily improvement with the
activities they love. I have been a certified athletic trainer for the past
“I try to be a
positive force in the lives of those I meet and do what’s in the best
interest of our student-athletes at Chesterton High School by brining my ‘A’
game each day and providing proper planning to avoid poor performance.”
Stento received his
Bachelor of Science degree in health education and athletic training from
Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. He went on to earn his Master of Science
degree in exercise and sports science and athletic training from the
University of Arizona.
The Newell Award
National Committee reviewed regional nominees from across the nation to
determine which nominee best exemplifies the values of the
award’s namesake, William E. Newell, the “Father of Athletic Training.”
were determined based on examples of service, leadership and shared
experiences from local community members and in conjunction with local
leading orthopedic practices. Over 400 exceptional shared experiences were
received in support of Stento’s regional nomination for the National Award.
Lakeshore Bone &
Joint Institute of Chesterton, the nominating organization for Stento, is
the most preferred orthopedic practice in the region providing
compassionate, specialized care since 1968. With nine state-of-the-art
facilities, LBJI is committed to providing exceptional care for the spine,
back and neck, hip, knee, hand and wrist, shoulder, elbow and ankle as well
as sports medicine, joint replacement and revision, pain management,
orthopedic trauma, podiatry, rheumatology and clinical psychology.
It is mandatory
that all regional nominees be currently active athletic trainers of
secondary schools within their specified regions. The number of candidates
partnering orthopaedic practices are allowed to nominate is determined by
the Newell Award National Committee and is reviewed annually.
information on the Newell Award, visit