Congratulations go out to University of Montana athletic training students and their colleague Monte the Mascot!  Custom-designed coloring books featuring University of Montana mascot, Monte, as an athletic trainer were part of the project that recently earned UM athletic training students the top spot in a national contest. The UM team won "Best Student Effort" category by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Public Relations competition for the eighth consecutive year.

Students and staff promoted the theme, "We Prepare. You Perform." In addition to the Monte the Trainer coloring book, they did an amazing amount of other related projects, including elementary school visits, free CPR training, a fundraiser and lots more. No wonder they win the award year after year!

This is a terrific effort and an amazing success story, which is fully chronicled here. Congrats to the Athletic Training Department for doing Griz Nation (and Monte) proud! DB