To Host NCAA-Funded Conference On Substance Abuse Prevention And
31, 2001 -- More than 100 student-athletes, athletic
trainers, coaches and administrators representing 30 colleges and
universities from all three NCAA divisions will attend the tenth
Athletic Prevention Programming and Leadership Education (APPLE)
conference Feb. 2-4 at the Doubletree 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
at least one student-athlete.
way student-athletes participate in the APPLE model is 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.
Participants will leave the conference with customized action plans
for their athletic departments.
Institute for Substance Abuse Studies, which was renamed the Center
for Alcohol and Substance Education (CASE) last year, has received
a grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
to teach the APPLE concept as a model for prevention programs. For
10 years the funding has allowed U.Va. to hold two conferences annually.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857