::hispanic american heritage month:: miguel benavides


In 1992, Miguel Benavides arrived at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas with the task of establishing an Athletic training program from scratch. Beginning without any staff or facilities, Miguel has advanced Southwestern University’s Athletic Training program to include a curriculum, a nice facility, and a staff of four Athletic Trainers with the capacity not only to supply coverage for all of SU’s athletics, but other local athletic departments.

Miguel has brought a family atmosphere to the athletic training room. His children often accompany him to work where they are allowed to play in a safe environment. The athletic training students also have the opportunity to be part of a family when Miguel will take them to the various local barbeque restaurants. As Miguel explains, “It’s a fun way to let the students experience the local culture.”

When asked for a morsel of wisdom, Miguel provided this bit of advice. “Try to find your spiritual center when making decisions. Your spiritual center lead you to what is right for you, what will make you truly happy.”



MIGUEL BENAVIDES,MEd, ATC, LAT

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