USSA Honors Dr. Tom Hackett
Tom Hackett, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, was selected for the 2013 USSA J. Leland Sosman Award recognizing his commitment to the medical coverage and service to the USSA.
Dr. Hackett has been the head team physician for US Snowboarding and a member of the medical committee for 10 years. He served athletes in the Olympic Winter Games and played an "integral role in planning for the upcoming 2013 Games" according to the report.
Dr. J. Leland Sosman, known affectionately as 'Sos,' was a USSA volunteer leader and pioneer for over 50 years. His service to the USSA and FIS communities has been legendary. While not a formal member of the physicians' pool, Sos was known for his energy, persistence and passion for USSA sports. This award recognizes that individual of the medical community who best exemplifies these traits.
The following was submitted for Dr. Hackett's nomination: "Tom Hackett has been a valuable and dependable member of the USSA Physician Pool as both a Head Team Physician for US Snowboarding and a member of the Medical Committee for 10 years. He has been named to three different Winter Olympic Games, and has played an integral role in planning for the upcoming 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.
His dedication and contributions to the athletes in all USSA sports, both on the road and in his practice in Vail, are commendable. He has shown time and time again that he is willing to go the extra mile to give our athletes truly world-class healthcare. USSA is indebted to have such an exceptional physician as a member of our medical staff."