Life of an Athlete: What's Next in Eau Claire County?
Friday, October 28, 2011
John Underwood, creator of the Life of an Athlete Program, spoke to over 1,100 people in Eau Claire County in September about the serious impact of alcohol and drug use on athletes. Community members learned that alcohol and drug use is harmful to the still developing brain of those under age 21. They also learned that one night of partying can undo the results of up to 14 days of practice. This left many wondering how they could help reduce underage drinking in their own community. Lessons learned from the Life of an Athlete presentations help us see how important it is that we work together to talk about alcohol and drug use not just among our athletes, but with all young people.
The Reality Check 21 Partnership has been working with community action teams (CAT’s) in Altoona, Augusta, Eau Claire, and Fall Creek. These teams include parents, community members, law enforcement, school staff members, and other leaders. CAT members meet several times a year to discuss and determine what can be done in each community to reduce underage drinking. CAT members will work with schools and other community partners to help as many people as possible learn about Life of an Athlete research, and use it to help both students and parents understand the impact of alcohol and drug use.
We need your energy and ideas to make the most of Life of an Athlete in our schools and communities. We invite you join your local CAT in their work to support coaches, athletic teams, other student activities, administrators, and community members as they take the lessons learned from Life of an Athlete and incorporate them into their day to day work with students.
Click here to see when the CAT in your community meets next.
Click here to learn more about Life of an Athlete.