To Host Highly Acclaimed Conference On Substance Abuse Prevention
18, 2000 -- More than 120 student-athletes, athletic
trainers, coaches and administrators representing 35 colleges and
universities from all three NCAA divisions will attend the ninth
Athletic Prevention Programming and Leadership Education (APPLE)
conference Jan. 21-23 at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville.
APPLE model of drug and alcohol prevention and leadership was created
in 1991 by Susan Grossman, then director of U.Va.s Institute
for Substance Abuse Studies (ISAS), and Joe Gieck, director of sports
medicine at the University. The model provides a way for athletic
departments to assess and improve their alcohol and drug prevention
the weekend-long conference, the attendees, divided into "prevention
teams," will appraise their schools recruiting, expectations,
attitudes, policies, drug testing, discipline, referral and counseling.
Each schools team will have four-to-six people, including
participate in the APPLE model through the Student Athlete Mentor
Program (SAM), a peer-based program designed to train students in
substance abuse prevention and to provide teammates and peers with
resources for information and services in their community.
has been a very successful program," said Alison Houser, interim
director of ISAS. "Participants leave the conference with customized
action plans for their athletic departments."
presenters will include U.Va. and guest faculty and coaches. Linda
Hancock, assistant director at Virginia Commonwealth University's
Office of Health Promotion, will present two programs, "Love
N Liquor" and "Tylenol, Twinkies and the Beer Puzzle."
Robin Sawyer, associate professor in the University of Maryland's
Department of Health Education, will present, "Student-Athletes
as a High-Risk Group" and "Violence, Alcohol and Athletics."
Billy Mills, winner of the 10,000-meter race in the 1964 Olympics
will speak on "The Pursuit of Excellence." Willie Dickey,
Director of Campus Life at Keystone College, will lead a session
titled "Through the Eyes of an Addict."
Institute for Substance Abuse Studies has received a grant from
the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the past
nine years to teach the APPLE concept as a model for prevention
programs. Two annual conferences have been hosted by ISAS and the
Athletics Department for the past seven years. The second APPLE
conference this year will take place Feb. 11-13 at the Charlottesville
more information, contact Alison Houser, project director, or Debra
Reed, conference coordinator, at the Institute for Substance Abuse
Studies, (804) 924-5276.
p.m. Welcome and Introductions
Director of Sports Medicine, U.Va.
Interim Director, U.Va. Institute for Substance Abuse Studies
Director of Athletics, U.Va.
The APPLE Model An Overview
p.m. Building a Community of Respect
Associate Professor, U.Va. Curry School of Education
Health Educator, U.Va. Office of Health Promotion
a.m. The APPLE Model- Part II
for Team Meetings
a.m. Team Meetings
a.m. Student-Athlete Mentor (SAM) Overview
Phil Gates, Life Skills Coordinator, U.Va.
Emily Egge, Student-Athlete Mentor, U.Va.
a.m.-12:30 p.m. Student Track: The Power of Peer Education
Assistant Dean of Students, U.Va.
a.m. Concurrent Sessions
Policy: Lessons from an Administrator
Craig Littlepage, Associate Athletic Director, U.Va.
for Returning Conference Attendees
a.m.-12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion
Previous APPLE participants share experiences
p.m. "Student Track: Love N Liquor"
Assistant Director, Office of Health Promotion, VCU
p.m. Concurrent Sessions
/ Team Relationships
Head Coach, Womens Basketball, U.Va.
as a High Risk Group
Associate Professor, Dept. of Health Education, U.Md.
and Implementing a Drug Testing Program
p.m. "Tylenol, Twinkies and the Beer Puzzle"
p.m. Team Meetings
p.m. "The Pursuit of Excellence"
a.m. "Through the Eyes of an Addict"
Director of Campus Life, Keystone College
a.m. "Violence, Alcohol and Athletics"
a.m. Taking APPLE Back Home- Strategies for Implementation
Joe Gieck and Alison Houser
a.m. Wrap-up Team Meeting
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857