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09/15/14 – Tackett to Receive Award From Kentucky Medical Association

September 15, 2014 2014-2015 News Releases


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2014

KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett will be awarded the 2014 Kentucky Medical Association Debra K. Best Outstanding Layperson Award during the KMA’s President’s Installation and Awards Dinner in Louisville on Monday night. The Debra K. Best Outstanding Layperson Award is presented to a non-physician in Kentucky who has made outstanding contributions in the field of public health and/or medical care.

“I am certainly honored to receive this award, but it would not be possible without the contributions of the outstanding physicians and consultants who help us develop policies to protect student-athletes,” said Tackett.

Through Tackett’s leadership, the KHSAA has stayed at the forefront among state associations in developing guidelines and raising awareness for the prevention and care of heat illness and concussions. More information on KHSAA safety policies can be found at


About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 277 member schools both public and private. The KHSAA sanctions 43 state championships in 13 sports and 4 sport activities, licenses and trains over 4,000 officials, provides catastrophic insurance for its more than 70,000 member school student-athletes, as well as overseeing coaching education and sports safety programs.


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