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U.Va. To Host NCAA-Funded Conference On Substance Abuse Prevention And Athletics

January 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.

The 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 programs.

At the weekend-long conference, the attendees, divided into "prevention teams," will appraise their school’s recruiting, expectations, attitudes, policies, drug testing, discipline, referral and counseling. Each school’s team will have four-to-six people, including at least one student-athlete.

One 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.

U.Va.'s 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.

Contact: Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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