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2019 APPLE Training Institute Recap
Excitement filled the month of January as over 400 student-athletes and administrators gathered to share in the APPLE Training Institutes in Orlando and Charlottesville. Representing 72 schools from across all NCAA divisions, participants found great value in the specialized training. The weekend provided time to collaborate and discuss mutually shared campus issues related to student-athlete health and wellness and learn the basics of the APPLE Model. Participants were inspired by presentations from Colby College, Grinnell College and the University of Texas at Arlington who shared their successes and challenges in implementing their action plans. One participant noted, “This was exceptional and very timely for my institution. We are so very grateful to have been given the opportunity to attend!”
The collaborative team meetings and action plan process left student-athletes and administrators feeling invested and empowered to taking APPLE back home to their campuses. Fifty-six percent of schools decided to focus their action plan on the Education slice of the APPLE model. Many of these schools plan to implement student-athlete mentor programs, while others are focused on developing social norms campaigns or revamping freshman orientation. In reflecting on the value of attending APPLE, one administrator commented, “I particularly enjoyed getting to watch my students get to know each other better, interact with student-athletes from other schools, and share a commitment to improving not only their own lives but those of their peers back home as well (and ultimately the institution).”
2019 NCAA Division II APPLE Training Institute Recap
In March 2019, over 200 student-athletes and administrators travelled to Dallas, TX to take part in the third NCAA Division II APPLE Training Institute. Student-athletes and administrators from 38 campuses enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the APPLE curriculum that was tailored to address the specific needs of Division II student-athletes.
Throughout the weekend, campus teams met to develop a goal for their campus prevention efforts and to create a detailed action plan. One attendee explained their plan as, “We are going to institute a SAM program on campus by matching upperclassmen mentors with our incoming class. We plan to progress into educational workshops on topics specific to athletes (e.g. nutrition, sleep, alcohol consumption and its effect on performance).” Participants appreciated that the Training Institute “helped us discern our strengths/challenges and next steps” and that “it was real and focused on student-athlete input.”
Participants had a lot of fun and also tackled challenging topics including marijuana, vaping, alcohol misuse, healthy relationships and nutritional supplements. Participants valued how APPLE promotes relationship building outside of athletics, as noted by a participant who stated, “...As the Director of the Counseling Center, I intend to implement many of the initiatives presented at this conference. Thank you!”