Gustavus Awarded NCAA Grant for Alcohol Education

Posted on April 30th, 2007 by

Gustavus Adolphus College has been awarded a three-year, $29,003 CHOICES program grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Through the CHOICES program, the NCAA provides funding to member institutions to integrate athletics into campus-wide efforts to reduce alcohol abuse. Gustavus is one of 15 NCAA institutions nationwide to receive a CHOICES grant in 2007.

“This is the first NCAA CHOICES grant that Gustavus has received and we plan on taking full advantage of this support from the NCAA,” said Judy Douglas, Director of Alcohol and Drug Education. “We view this as a unique opportunity to partner with athletics in the development and implementation of alcohol-education projects that will help all of our students to make healthy and responsible choices.”

The goal of the Gustavus CHOICES program is to implement systematic across-athletic-team education and prevention initiatives that will include interactive alcohol education workshops for all teams, development of an athlete-based social norms campaign, and athletic team leadership and participation in promoting healthy lifestyle choices to the general campus population.

Gustavus has 25 intercollegiate varsity sport teams that are affiliated with the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) and the NCAA Division III. Gustavus has approximately 700 students who participate in varsity athletics, which is roughly 27 percent of the student body.

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Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin
jakin@gustavus.edu
507-933-7510

 

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