March 30, 2009

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Nice gals don’t finish last. Pat Nativio, the Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), found this out in a big way when she was named a finalist in the “Caught Doing Good” Award at the university’s Annual Leadership Luncheon.

“I felt honored,” said Nativio. “In our profession, we are behind the scenes. I’m not used to accolades and it really makes you feel special.”

Nativio is responsible for coordinating the sports medicine team at UMES. They provide quality medical coverage by offering injury-prevention strategies, immediate care and recognition of injuries, evaluation and rehabilitation techniques and reconditioning programs to ensure the health and well-being of student-athletes.

Because of the nature of her position, Nativio frequently puts in 12-plus hour days on-campus and on the road with various athletic programs. Her tireless efforts to ensure the UMES Student-Athlete’s can compete at their highest level were described in the nomination submitted by Dr. Danita Mendez-Townsend, Coordinator of Student-Athlete Services.

“Pat is passionate about what she does,” said Mendez-Townsend. “She has good rapport with the student-athletes and works well with them.”

A Pittsburgh, Pa. native, Nativio earned a B.S. in Sports Medicine from Waynesburg (Pa.) University and an M.S. from Slippery Rock (Pa.) University. She is currently in her fourth year at UMES.

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