Mueller Sports Medicine Announces #NEEDAHERO Winner

Mueller Sports Medicine, longtime supporter of NSGA and the NSGA Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit, announced the winner of their #NeedAHero contest. Fans of Mueller Sports Medicine had the opportunity to register to win $7,500 in new Mueller Hero Athletic training Kits and Mueller product for their training room. Entry to the contest required participants to upload a picture or video to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook showing why they "Need A Hero" using #NeedAHero. Kaleb Birney, an athletic trainer at the University of Montana Western, had the winning entry.

“The Mueller Hero kits and equipment that were donated to our program will help Montana Western’s athletic training program be more efficient when supporting our athletes through recovery and promoting excellence,” said Birney.

Birney, a 2012 graduate of Wichita State University, pursued his bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. Birney completed an internship with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs in 2010 and 2011 during one of his clinical education rotations.

Upon graduation from Wichita State, Birney worked as an intern in the Georgia State University Sports Medicine Department for two years. During his time there, he provided patient care to both the men’s baseball and soccer teams.

Birney then went on to earn his master’s degree in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention from California University of Pennsylvania in December 2014.

“As the result of Kaleb’s efforts in applying for this recognition, the resources provided by Mueller Sports Medicine will allow our staff to provide high-quality care to the nearly 325 Bulldog student-athletes,” Montana Western  head athletic trainer Dr. Russ Richardson stated. “We are very appreciative of both Kaleb and the generosity of Mueller Sports Medicine.”

In a December 16 post on the Mueller Sports Medicine website, they thanked all of the entrants of the #NeedAHero contest. 

About Mueller Sports Medicine

Mueller Sports Medicine was founded in 1959 by Curt Mueller. The company is a family-owned and operated international sports medicine company offering a complete line of patented braces, supports, tapes and taping supplies, as well as Quench® Gum. Mueller Sports Medicine continues to introduce new and innovative products around the world. For more information visit