Former APTA Board Member Dave Pariser, PT, PhD, has been posthumously honored as both the inaugural recipient of a national NCAA faculty mentor award and the award's namesake. Beginning this year, the NCAA Division II Dr Dave Pariser Faculty Mentor Award will recognize faculty who embody the former Bellarmine University instructor's dedication to student development.
Bellarmine physical therapy student Megan Davis nominated Pariser and delivered a speech on his service to the university and the larger Louisville, Kentucky, community as part of the ceremonies honoring him at the Faculty Athletic Representatives Association meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 8. Also present were Pariser's wife, Gina Pariser, PT, PhD, and daughters Ada and Kayla. Gina Pariser accepted the award on behalf of her husband.
Pariser was an active member of APTA who served in many capacities at the national as well as the Louisiana and Kentucky chapter levels. In 2011, he was elected to the APTA Board of Directors, where he served until his death in January 2013.
At Bellarmine University, Pariser focused his scholarship and clinical work in the areas of orthopedics/musculoskeletal problems, gerontology, and advocacy/public policy, but he was widely known and respected for his dedication to mentoring student athletes. His work in the community touched on many areas, including coaching youth sports, and serving on boards for a youth camp and his daughters' high school marching band.
On hand to honor Dave Pariser were (from left): Kayla Pariser, Gina Pariser, NCAA President Mark Emmert, Ada Pariser, and Megan Davis.
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