Hosting NCAA-Funded Conference On Substance-Abuse Prevention For
February 8, 2004 --
The University of Virginia is host to nearly 300
student-athletes, athletic trainers, coaches and administrators
representing 53 colleges and universities from NCAA-member
institutions attending the 13th annual Athletic Prevention Programming and Leadership
Education (APPLE) conference. The conference takes place Feb. 6 through 8 at
the DoubleTree Hotel in Charlottesville; an earlier offering of the conference
took place Jan. 22 through 25.
APPLE model of substance-abuse prevention was created in
1991 by the late Susan Grossman, founding director of
prevention programs at 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 athletics 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
the weekend-long conference, the attendees evaluate their
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.
are active participants in the APPLE conferences.
In addition to helping develop their team’s action
plan, student-athletes learn how to implement or improve
Athlete Mentor (SAM) program at their school.
The U.Va.-developed SAM model is a peer-based prevention approach designed
to create a safer, health-enhancing atmosphere for teams
and to 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 13 years
to fund these annual conferences.
Virginia Carter, (434) 924-1036 or Susan Bruce, (434) 924-5276