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Promoting Student-Athlete Wellness and Substance Abuse Prevention

Education Programs

All new student-athletes, cheerleaders, student managers and student athletic trainers participate in a mandatory ATOD education program. Materials and programs are regularly available through identified resources and specifically tailored to the needs of student-athletes, cheerleaders, student managers, and student athletic trainers. The athletics department participates in a peer education program designed or adapted for the needs of student-athletes. Peer educators receive training and supervision from appropriate ATOD professionals in ATOD information and best educational practices. Coaching and sports medicine staffs are well informed about ATOD abuse prevention, especially as it relates to the athletics culture. Education programs are evaluated regularly.

Model Programs:

Division I

Student Athlete Mentors (SAMs) - Saint Francis University

  • SAMs serve as mentors to first year student-athletes and serve as role models in leadership, scholarship,
    and service. Website provides links to several years of newsletters.

"No More" Video - University of Georgia

  • Student-athletes created a one-minute video on sexual assault and dating violence issues and encouraging bystander intervention.

"SAMs Say" Poster Series - University of Virginia

  • Student-athlete interns research health topics specific to student-athletes and created a series of posters hung in team locker rooms. Program description and many poster examples are available.

Student Athlete Mentor (SAM) Program - University of Virginia

  • The Student Athlete Mentor (SAM) Program is the primary substance abuse prevention program in the Athletics Department. SAMs serve as peer to peer team resources to help prevent substance abuse. SAMs receive training in alcohol and other drug abuse prevention throughout the year and learn to use educational and professional resources to support their efforts.

 Knights CARE Program - University of Central Florida

  • The CARE Team's goal is to promote Courage to stand, Awareness of resources, Responsibility to act, and Excellence on and off the field. The link is to a PowerPoint presentation on the creation and components of the program.

Student Athlete Mentors (SAMs) - Saint Francis University

  • SAMs serve as mentors to first year Red Flash student-athletes. SAMs serve as role models in leadership, scholarship, and service; in addition to taking an active role in helping the student-athletes whom they are mentoring. The website provides links to the SAM newsletter and program highlights.

Division II

Student Athlete Mentor (SAM) Program -  University of Virginia's College at Wise

  • The program is intended to provide education and a supportive culture among student-athletes and to help develop student-athletes into leaders. Website includes a link to the SAM nomination form.

Student-Athlete Handbook (p. 28) - Augusta University

  • The substance abuse policy requires student-athletes and coaches to attend the annual substance abuse education program organized by the athletics department.

Responsible Lions -  Texas A&M University, Commerce

  • A student-athlete led group promoting awareness and educating their teammates, peers, campus and community on a variety of issues. Videos and social media links are available on the website.

Division III

Badger Leadership: Promoting Healthy CHOICES - Johnson State College

  • This project, funded through an NCAA CHOICES grant, educates, supports, and empowers students to make choices that are healthy, safe, and legal concerning alcohol, and to actively engage student leaders in promoting positive choices to their peers through peer advocacy/mentoring. The website provides an overview of all campaign components.

Athlete Mentor Program - Worcester State University

  • The program connects upper class athletes with first-year athletes to help the students adjust to college. Mentors serve as knowledgeable resources and regularly meet with their freshmen mentees. Website links to several program press releases.

Athletic Mentorship Program (AMP) - North Central College

  • AMP connects first-year and upper class student athletes to help new students maximize their personal and academic growth. It is organized around regular meetings and assignments for mentees.

Student Athlete Services (SAS) Curriculum -  Gustavus Adolphus College

  • SAS is a four-year series of programs addressing eligibility, well being topics, leadership opportunities and career development. Year-by-year program offerings are provided.

Drug Testing & Safe Play Criteria Brochure - Bridgewater College

  • The brochure outlines the drug testing philosophy, process, sanctions and opportunities for self-referral.

Student Athlete Mentors (SAMs) - Grinnell College

  • SAMs are internal team resources on health and safety issues.  The link is to a PowerPoint presentation that provides an overview of the SAM program, activities and lessons learned.

Student Athlete Mentors (SAMs) - Wilson College

  • SAMs promote student-athlete wellness and support the development of a well-balanced lifestyle that encourages their emotional well-being, personal growth and positive decision making skills.The SAM webpage provides detailed information on SAM goals, expectations, responsibilties, recruitment process and opportunities.