CHURUBUSCO — Neal Hazen, a 1981 graduate of Churubusco High School, was recently inducted into the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame.
He was presented with his award during the IATA’s annual fall business meeting and clinical symposia in Carmel.
Hazen has been an athletic trainer for 29 years, serving the most recent 21 years as the head athletic trainer at Ball State.
Hazen is the son of Mike (deceased) and Bonnie Hazen, of Churubusco. He and his wife Becky have eight children. Hazen has served as Eucharistic minister at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Muncie and as Grand Knight of the Muncie Knights of Columbus.
He was honored as the IATA College and University Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2010, presented a National Athletic Trainers’ Association Service Award in 2006, and inducted into the Cardinal Sports Medicine Society Ring of Honor that same year.
“In his time at Ball State, Neal has been an example of professionalism within the athletic department and beyond, and an advocate for the profession of athletic training both in the state of Indiana and nationally,” Troy Hershman, Ball State assistant athletic trainer, said in a statement. “He is widely respected within the athletic department and in the community for his ability to make personal connections with his patients and his calm but strong leadership style.”