Knights News · Grady Athletic Trainer Honored by Alma Mater

LaToya Franklin, Grady’s Head Athletic Trainer, has been announced as one of Springfield College’s four 2020 Alumni Award recipients. Franklin, Class of 2007, is being recognized with the Young Alumna Award, which will be presented during Homecoming 2021 at the Alumni Awards Champagne Brunch on Sunday, October 3.

Franklin is in the middle of her sixth year working at Grady. As Head Athletic Trainer, she works with athletes and coaches from every sport to provide treatment and rehabilitation, cover practices and games, and conduct coaches workshops and other sports medicine educational programs.

Daniel Stockdale works with Franklin as Head Coach for both Softball and Baseball at Grady. “LaToya is reliable, knowledgeable, and dedicated to all the student-athletes here at Grady,” said Coach Stockdale. “I believe she has the right balance of knowing when to pull an athlete from a game to not risk injury, and when to allow an athlete to continue to push through their bumps and scratches. It’s a pleasure to work with her every day and I trust and appreciate the work she does for us.”

Carrington Ruffin is a junior at Grady and worked with Franklin as a Student Trainer in 2019-2020. “Ms. LaToya is good at her job because she really cares for the students and especially the student trainers,” said Ruffin. “If anybody needs anything she will help you as much as she can. I am very comfortable with her talking about certain things in life, especially school and my career. She has made me want to major in Sports Medicine. She is a really good person overall.”

Franklin’s role at Grady has been even more important this year during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to helping screen students prior to practices and games, providing and administering daily sanitizing resources, and communicating health protocols with families, Franklin helped develop the QR code check-in system that is used by all Grady teams and many other schools across APS.