BRISTOL, Tenn. – Earlier this spring, King University students attended the NCAA Division II APPLE Training Institute in Dallas, Texas. King was one of two Conference Carolinas schools chosen for the conference and the only one in attendance.
Four King students traveled to Dallas, including three athletes, Jabari Ramsey of the men's swimming team, James Brown of the men's basketball team and Allison Petix of the women's wrestling team. King Student Affairs was also present as Kiayana Roberts, a SLACK member and Resident Assistant attended the conference. Nancye Rahn, Assistant Athletic Director and Amber Johnson, Residence Life Director traveled with the group.
"One thing that I learned at the apple training institute was how different schools from different regions came up with creative and effective ways to reduce alcohol and substance abuse," Roberts said. "In addition to that I learned how both alcohol and substance abuse both negatively impact an athlete's body."
While at the conference, the students attended sessions about alcohol and drug prevention. The students are then challenged to present this information to their fellow student-athletes when they return to campus.
"The APPLE Conference was very helpful in giving students and student-athletes the tools necessary to make informed decisions in their lives, especially regarding drug and alcohol use," said Petix.
Each school was encouraged to take on one slice of the APPLE model. The group from King chose to educate the campus community regarding our policies and the impact that alcohol and substance abuse has on your athletic performance. Since returning to Bristol the APPLE team has been working on how and what they will present to their fellow students in the fall.
"I was very blessed to have had the opportunity to go to this APPLE conference in Dallas, Texas this year," stated Ramsey. "Being there gave me insight in recognizing some of the issue's going on at our school that we can fix, and it also made me feel empowered in knowing that I can truly make a difference in helping the student/athlete's around me."
When they return to campus in August they will finalize their presentation before meeting with athletic department staff and then teams. The entire program will be led by the students with guidance from Rahn and Johnson.