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Hudson Doctor Named Recipient of NCHSAA Award

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association recently announced its 2021-2022 state awards. The awards are designed to recognize those who have done the most for high school athletics in the state rather than a single accomplishment or having an outstanding win-loss record. The awards are named in memory or honor of outstanding individuals in each category, seven of whom are in the NCHSAA Hall of Fame.


Dr. Rick McBurney is the owner and CEO of Hudson Primary Care, serving approximately 3000 residents and seeing 25-35 patients per day, from infants to the elderly, in rural North Carolina. He has been a staple in the Western North Carolina medical community for many years, serving patients at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, Caldwell Memorial Hospital, Watauga Regional Medical Center, Valdese Hospital and Catawba Valley Regional Medical Center. He is a former President of Caldwell County Medical Society and prior Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at UNC Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

McBurney has served as a physician since 1988, but has truly invested himself in the coverage of athletic events for many years. He has served as a member of the on-site Physicians at the NCHSAA State Wrestling Tournament since 2000, helping assess, stabilize, and treat injuries for participants for 22 years. He has also provided medical coverage for Wendy’s Meets, the NCHSAA State Cross Country Championship Meet, and has served at the Southeastern Division of the Footlocker 5K Cross Country Track Meet in Charlotte since 1995. In his spare time, he enjoys flying his own small plane, skiing, and teaching Bible Drill at his local church.