Promoting Student-Athlete Wellness and Substance Abuse Prevention

2018 APPLE Training Institute Recap

University of CA, Riverside APPLE Team
For two weekends in January, over 400 student-athletes and administrators came to Charlottesville, VA, and San Diego, CA to participate in the APPLE Training Institutes.  They represented 74 schools from all NCAA divisions across the country.  Participants valued the weekends, especially the Sunday morning keynotes from Don McPherson and  Aaron Taylor.  Sixty-four precent of schools decided to focus their action plan on the Education slice of the APPLE model.  Many of these schools plan to implment student-athlete mentor programs at their campus.  Other action plans included creating interactive educational programs, developing social norms poster campaigns, and increasing student-athlete involvement in orientation.  One student-athlete commented, "I am appreciate the 'action plan' part of this confernece.  Making a plan and implementing it is going to be the best part of this overall experience."  Another administrator stated "the best part of APPLE was hearing other schools present what they implemented on their campus.  I love hearing the good, the bad, what worked, what didn't, etc.  It is nice to know that most schools have the same set-backs and hearing how they overcame them."