The APPLE Conference was developed and coordinated by the NCAA and the Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and is the leading national training symposium dedicated to substance abuse prevention and health promotion for student-athletes and athletics department administrators. The goal of the APPLE conference is to assist colleges in promoting student-athlete health and wellness by empowering teams of student-athletes and administrators to create an institution specific action plan. This year’s conference focused on peer mentoring and leadership education to enhance substance abuse prevention efforts and develop ATOD (alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs) policies with student input.
This conference marked the fifteenth year Wilson has been represented at APPLE. This year’s APPLE team consisted of student-athletes, Hannah DeMoss (Philipsburg, N.J./ Belvidere), Megan Longstreet (Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Cumberland Valley), Caileigh Oliver (Martinsburg, W. Va. /Homeschooled), and Nikki Melanson (Hyannis, Mass. / Barnstable) and staff members, Cindy shoemaker, College Counselor, and Tracy Randall-Loose, Head Athletic Trainer and APPLE team coordinator. According to Randall-Loose, “The APPLE Conference is a valuable training symposium for our student-athletes. It helps them become peer educators and develop an action plan emphasizing student-athletes health to help our campus programming throughout the year.”
In addition to serving as Wilson’s APPLE team leader, Randall-Loose also presented on one of the conference’s breakout session panels entitled “Strategies for Success After APPLE.” In this session the panel discussed how to implement the work done by the APPLE teams at the conference, including how best to work with the higher level administration, establish a buy-in for the plans, and how to deal with challenges that might arise.