West Virginia University athletic trainer Kevin Kotsko has been selected to work and travel with the United States blind track&field team when it competes later this month in Sao Paulo, Brazil, at the World Blind Track&Field Championships, July 27-August 8.

Kotsko will be the lone athletic trainer traveling with the United States team and will give him an opportunity to interact with sports medicine professionals from around the world. This opportunity could also open doors for him working future Olympic games.

Its a big honor,Kotsko says.Every athlete wants to represent their country. To do it as an athletic trainer is pretty awesome. WVU is giving me a month to go do this and Im very appreciative of all the support from the administration. This is a tremendous opportunity. A lot of hard work is finally paying off and its nice to be recognized.

At the conclusion of those championships, Kotsko will then travel to Rio De Janeiro to be one of two athletic trainers representing the United States at the Para Pan Am Games, August 8-21.

Im very excited about both opportunities,Kotsko added.This is also a big thing for WVU . It shows how well-respected our athletic training program is throughout the country.

Kotsko is entering eighth year at WVU and over that time has worked with the Mountaineer mens soccer, wrestling and swimming and diving teams as his chief responsibilities.

This is also a unique challenge in that Ill be working with a different population of athletes that have impairments that I do not see on a daily basis at WVU .

Kotsko is a 1995 graduate of Slippery Rock and earned his masters from Virginia in 1996. He is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa.