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Grant to support efforts to reduce alcohol abuse among students

RELEASED: Oct. 4, 2011

CASE

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Center for Alcohol Studies and Education has received a $30,000 grant award from the National Collegiate Athletic Association to support "Blugold CHOICES: An Alcohol Prevention Program for UW-Eau Claire Students."

CASE and its partners are excited about the opportunity provided by the grant to better integrate athletics into campuswide efforts already in place to reduce alcohol abuse, said Jennifer Lee, CASE director.

The grant provides funding for CASE peer educators to develop and present an educational workshop for two student athletic associations: the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Sport Club Advisory Council. CASE will work with the groups to develop tailored educational messages and to identify the best methods for getting information to the other athletes on their teams, Lee said.

The grant also will provide funds to train staff, coaches and faculty to better help students who come to them with alcohol or other related problems, Lee said, noting that the grant also will allow CASE to plan a series of educational, health and wellness events for students throughout the year.

"We are lucky at this university to have the support of the administration, students and the community to provide quality programs in this area," Lee said. "The NCAA funding will help us improve current programs and expand our reach to athletics and other audiences who may not always receive our messages."

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