Dr. Mario Ciocca, Director of Sports Medicine has been awarded the C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award. Eight Carolina employees will receive the 2021 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award, one of the most prestigious distinctions for faculty and staff. Established in 1980 by the late C. Knox Massey '25 of Durham, the award recognizes "unusual, meritorious or superior contributions" by University employees. Given the exceptional year spent dealing with the global COVID-19 pandemic, the University is bestowing eight awards, rather than the usual six.
Dr. Ciocca who has been at Carolina for 22 years, serves as chief medical officer for Carolina's 28 varsity sports teams, overseeing one of the most respected sports medicine departments in the country.