The University of Maryland honored Rams Head Athletic Trainer Reggie Scott as the keynote speaker of the Department of Kinesiology’s 2015 Black History Month presentation. His keynote address, “Developing Your Career: If Passion is the Engine, What is the Key?” was received by students, faculty members, and industry professionals on the College Park campus at the David C. Driskell Center on Feb. 23.
“The university aspires to sponsor presenters who would be able to commemorate and illustrate the contributions that Blacks have made and continue to make in society,” Marvin Scott, Maryland’s senior lecturer and coordinator of the Kinesiological Science program, said. “In that regard, Reggie did an excellent job in his presentation by sharing with students and staff alike, his enthusiasm and dedication to his profession, illustrating the pride he takes in being a life-long learner in the field, and his willingness to give back to students in the discipline.”
Reggie Scott, who is one of only five black head athletic trainers in the National Football League, met with several student groups to discuss athletic training services and career paths as a precursor to the university’s annual event, which recognizes notable African Americans in the field. In addition to engaging students in several Q&A sessions, he advised faculty members on how to advance and blend their curriculums and teaching modules with the ever-growing world of sports science.
“What most people took away from his presentation,” Marvin Scott said, “was an understanding of the need to have a clear career focus, the need to be introspective to understand how one can best ultimately achieve their career goals, and the need to persevere and be resilient to make one’s dream come true. It was an insightful and inspirational message that was well received by all in attendance.”
Reggie Scott’s message came on the heels of his trip to Indianapolis, Ind. for the 2015 NFL Combine where he assisted the Rams in their medical evaluations of draft prospects.
“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to participate in a great program that Marvin Scott and the University of Maryland Department of Kinesiology started,” Scott said. “It was an honor to be their speaker this year and I enjoyed giving back to students who are passionate about their careers and our industry.”
Upon returning to St. Louis, Scott resumed his routine responsibilities, which include player medical evaluations, treatment, and rehabilitation. In addition to managing and facilitating the medical care of Rams players, Scott currently serves as chairman of the membership service committee for the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society.
Prior to joining the Rams, the 13-year NFL veteran enjoyed stints with the Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and his alma mater, West Virginia University.
A native of Dover, Del., Scott is married to Tina and the couple has two young daughters, Sophia and Isabella.