Colorado State University - Pueblo receives NCAA Choices grant for alcohol prevention

Colorado State University - Pueblo receives NCAA Choices grant for alcohol prevention

PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo is one of 15 higher education institutions selected for an NCAA Choices grant to promote its alcohol prevention programs in collaboration with the its athletics program beginning July 1.  

The Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program and the Department of Athletics at CSU-Pueblo collaborated on the Building Champions through CHOICES grant of more than $25,000 that will recruit, train, mentor, and evaluate student leaders as they implement unique alcohol prevention initiatives of their own design.  This group of students will become the Alcohol Prevention Leadership Corp (APLC). 

“In addition to providing important education to help change the campus environment and misperceptions, this program will galvanize student leaders – especially student athletes – in order to influence their peers and create lasting environmental change,” said David Arnold, Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Programs at CSU-Pueblo.

The proposed campaign capitalizes on the creativity of student leaders, to address one or more of the following outcomes:
•    Decreased discrepancy in the perception of alcohol use and actual use.
•    Decreased participation in unhealthy drinking behaviors.
•    Decreased alcohol use frequency or decreased alcohol use quantity per episode.
•    Increased knowledge of responding to peer unhealthy drinking behaviors.   
•    Increased participation in protective factors that limit negative behavior such as designating a sober driver, limiting the number of drinks consumer, etc.

Arnold will lead a team throughout the project that includes Marjorie Villani, associate dean of student affairs, Athletics Director Joe Folda, senior Athletics Administrator Niki Whitaker, and Internship Coordinator Tanya Baird. 

In 1991, Anheuser-Busch, recognizing the opportunities that athletics affords to educate people about alcohol abuse, endowed the NCAA with $2.5 million to create a grant program to help NCAA member institutions and conferences integrate athletics into larger campus-wide alcohol education efforts. The CHOICES program began awarding grants in 1991 in various amounts for a variety of projects. In 1998, the NCAA narrowed the scope of the projects into a three-year cycle in which institutions receive a maximum of $15,000 the first year, $10,000 the second year and $5,000 the third year. Today, more than $5.7 million in awards has been given to 229 member institutions.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.