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Alcohol education for college athletes

Three colleges nationwide have been awarded a grant to educate college athletes about alcohol use and abuse. Bloomsburg University was among the institutions chosen by NCAA. The university is looking to expand their education on alcohol. By targeting athletes, they're hoping other students will learn from them.

"There are no freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, we're one big team," says student athlete Abby Sauder. More than 500 student athletes are active in 19 collegiate sport programs at the university.

"We're not only representing Bloomsburg University in academics, but also in athletics," says Tesa Hoffman. The university agrees, calling its athletes "leaders." The NCAA agrees and awarded the school with a three year, $30,000 NCAA Choices Grant in an effort to reduce alcohol abuse across campuses, starting with those in extra curricular activities.

"Really to use those individuals as a peer to peer opportunity to help improve drinking norms," says Michael McFarland, BU Director of Athletics. The new initiative will branch off BU's existing alcohol and other drug prevention programs. Focusing on good choices, reducing underage drinking, ramifications of alcohol use, sexual misconduct, harassment, or violence due to alcohol. ̶ WBRE/WYOU TV News



Program helps foster kids with their future

Lacey Bradshaw, 15, Muncy, plans on fulfilling her grandmother’s dream of “actually doing something with her life,” even though she knows she faces an uphill battle as a foster child. By age 21, just 5 percent of foster children have a vocational certificate or license and only 3 percent have a college degree, according to a 2015 report from the National Youth in Transition Database.

Bradshaw and 24 other foster care children are taking part in the Anchor Program at Bloomsburg University, which helps students learn independence and exposes them to college life, with the goal of helping them overcome those odds. Bradshaw has big plans for herself even though she’s only a sophomore in high school, “I have my whole future planned out. I either want to go here, to Bloomsburg University, or Stanford for college, and I want to go to law school after that and become a lawyer.”

Jerod Waller, 18, Berwick, graduated from high school this past year and is enrolled for the fall semester at Bloomsburg University. “Right now, the major I chose is art studio, but I plan on changing to undeclared so I can try out a couple of different things.” ̶ The Daily Item/Sunbury


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