Steelers Notebook: NFL's only full-time female trainer to leave
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Ariko Iso, the first and only full-time woman assistant athletic trainer in the NFL, will leave the Steelers June 10 to become the head athletic trainer at Oregon State, her alma mater.
Iso spent the past nine seasons with the Steelers, becoming the first woman athletic trainer to be a full-time employee in the NFL, and she has remained as such.
"Without a doubt Ariko will be a great asset to Oregon State," former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher said in a news release issued by the university. "She has a great personality and is very professional and knowledgeable. I have tremendous respect for her."
Head athletic trainer John Norwig has been with the Steelers for 20 years, and assistant Ryan Grove has been with them since 1999.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and former center Jeff Hartings will play host to the hhgregg All Pro Dad Father & Kids Experience from 9 a.m. to noon June 25 at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex.
The event provides bonding opportunities for fathers and their children through hands-on events, such as football-themed drills designed to teach the men how to be better fathers and how to spend quality time interacting with their kids.
"All of us at Family First and All Pro Dad are excited that this event continues to be an annual outing for dads and kids," said Mark Merrill, founder and president of Family First. "Just as in years past, again this year we are bringing new themes and insights into the program, so the format remains familiar, but the concepts are fresh for returning dads and kids."
Registration is open online at www.AllProDad.com and is $15 per family, which includes admission for one adult and up to four children.
The event is recommended for children ages 5 and older. Advanced registration is required, and early registration is encouraged as the event is expected to sell out.
The All Pro Dad Father & Kids Experience is the football-themed event of All Pro Dad, the fatherhood program of Family First, a national non-profit organization based in Tampa, Fla.
It was launched with the help of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy in 1997.
While NFL owners have locked out their players, Art Rooney will swing the doors open for every player imaginable Saturday night -- horse players, that is.
The 21st Annual Art Rooney Pace, named in honor of the Steelers' founder who died 23 years ago this August, will be run at Yonkers Raceway in New York. The Chief, as he was affectionately known by many, was the grandfather of current Steelers president Art Rooney II.
The $307,734 Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-olds features undefeated filly See You at Peelers, who drew post position No. 5 in a select field of six. She is the first female to run in The Rooney, which is one of Yonkers' premier events for 3-year-olds and is scheduled for the ninth race Saturday with an approximate post time of 10:10 p.m.
First Published June 2, 2011 12:00 am