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

February 7, 2003-- More than 150 student-athletes, athletic trainers, coaches and administrators representing 25 colleges and universities from NCAA-member institutions will attend the 12th annual Athletic Prevention Programming and Leadership Education (APPLE) conference Feb. 7-9 at the Doubletree Hotel in Charlottesville.

The APPLE model of substance abuse prevention was created in 1991 by the late Susan Grossman, founding director of U.Va.’s Institute for Substance Abuse Studies (now the Center for Alcohol and Substance Education), and Joe Gieck, director of sports medicine at U.Va. The model provides a method for athletic departments to assess and improve their substance abuse prevention programs by examining seven areas that impact student-athletes: recruitment practices, departmental expectations and attitudes, education, alcohol and other drug policies, drug testing programs, sanctioning procedures, and referral and counseling services.

At the weekend-long conference, the attendees evaluate their athletic department’s programs and policies and develop a customized action plan to take back to their schools. Each school’s team consists of four to six people, including at least one student-athlete.

Student-athletes are active participants in the APPLE conference. In addition to helping develop their team’s action plan, student-athletes learn how to implement or improve a Student Athlete Mentor program at their school. The U.Va.-developed mentoring program is a peer-based prevention approach designed to create a safe, healthy atmosphere for teams and help students receive early intervention for alcohol concerns.

U.Va.’s Center for Alcohol and Substance Education has received grants from the National Collegiate Athletic Association for each of the past 12 years to fund these annual conferences. This year, the first conference was held in at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville from Jan. 24 - 26.

For more information, contact Susan Bruce by telephone at (434) 924-5276 or by e-mail at


Colleges and Universities attending the Twelfth Annual Athletic Prevention Programming and Leadership Education (APPLE) Conference

January Participants
Rhode Island College
University of Virginia
Saint Peter's College
Baldwin-Wallace College
St. John's University
High Point University
Wake Forest University
University of California Santa Barbara
Moravian College
Saint Francis University
Kean University
Saint Edwards University
University of New Hampshire
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
University of North Carolina
Nazareth College
Longwood University
Haverford College
University of Maryland
Muhlenberg College
University of Central Florida
Hampden-Sydney College

February Participants
New York Institute of Technology
Robert Morris University
Lehigh University
Elon University
Vassar College
Wilson College
University of Arkansas
State University College at Oswego
University of Arkansas
Washington College
Louisiana State University
Western New England College
Lebanon Valley College
Alvernia College
Southampton College
Lincoln Memorial University
Kutztown University
Eastern University
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Contacts: Susan Bruce, (434) 924-5276 or Virginia E. Carter, (434) 924-1036

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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