GREENSBORO, N.C. – Former UNCG women's tennis player Alexandra Nuttall Smith was recently featured in the National Athletic Trainers Association newsletter for her humanitarian efforts with a refugee soccer team.
Nuttall Smith attended UNCG playing NCAA Division I & II tennis for the Spartans from 1988-92, earning her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science/Athletic Training in 1992.
Nuttall Smith started working with i-ACT, a South Bay, Calif.-based nonprofit group working on behalf of those affected by crimes against humanity. She began working as the athletic trainer for Darfur United, a soccer team made up entirely of Darfuri refugees living in camps in Eastern Chad.
According to the newsletter, the team was hoping to be the first-ever all-refugee team to compete in the Viva World Cup. "I am here as a humanitarian," said Nuttall Smith. "I hope this story can inspire other athletic trainers to seek out amazing opportunities to make a difference."
Read more about her amazing experience HERE.
Also coming from a competitive tennis background, and having gained excellent knowledge in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation over the years, Mrs. Nuttall Smith has been involved with many American and International Tennis Associations since 1998. She has been a valuable member of the medical team for the WTA, USTA, ITF, ATP, and Davis Cup associations. In addition to being a licensed physical therapist, Mrs. Nuttall Smith is also a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Kinesio Taping Professional.