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Wilson Student-Athletes Present at APPLE Conference

Posted: February 16, 2012

Wilson College’s APPLE Team traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia to give a presentation during this year’s annual NCAA APPLE Conference. During Saturday’s breakout session, Wilson’s APPLE Team educated a room full of NCAA Division I, II, and III student-athletes and their Athletic Administrators with a PowerPoint Presentation entitled “Successful APPLE Action Plans- Alcohol Awareness Week-Jeopardy Game.” During the presentation, the team described the Jeopardy game sponsored for Wilson student-athletes during this fall’s Alcohol Awareness Week.

Wilson College’s APPLE Team traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia to give a presentation during this year’s annual NCAA APPLE Conference. During Saturday’s breakout session, Wilson’s APPLE Team educated a room full of NCAA Division I, II, and III student-athletes and their Athletic Administrators with a PowerPoint Presentation entitled “Successful APPLE Action Plans- Alcohol Awareness Week-Jeopardy Game.” During the presentation, the team described the Jeopardy game sponsored for Wilson student-athletes during this fall’s Alcohol Awareness Week. The team explained the planning and challenges of their Jeopardy game with the purpose of helping other schools develop a successful way to take an APPLE Action plan back to their campus.

The APPLE Conference is an NCAA and University of Virginia-led program to promote student-athlete leadership in health and wellness for peer-education and in the prevention of substance abuse. 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 team consisted of student-athletes, Colleen O’Reilly, Alyssa Bernard, Caileigh Oliver, and Hannah DeMoss. Wilson College staff members, Cindy Shoemaker, counselor and Tracy Randall-Loose, athletic trainer, accompanied the students-athletes and served as advisors to the APPLE Team.

New team member Hannah DeMoss found the APPLE Conference experience extremely educational. “The various speakers gave me great insight on how to further educate my campus. The conference was a great way to meet athletes from schools of all divisions and gave us an opportunity to compare athletic programs. The overall experience was wonderful and I look forward to attending next year's conference.”

Alyssa Bernard agrees that the APPLE conference was a positive experience and adds, “It was amazing to see how athletes from other schools have instituted different programs and the positive impacts that followed due to these programs. Wilson was lucky enough to give a presentation at the conference on a project that the APPLE Team designed and executed and shared with others at the conference how they could bring the idea to their school. One area that I was really impressed with was how well developed and advanced Wilson's policies were compared to other schools.”

The only returning team member, Colleen O’Reilly, has attended APPLE three times and says that each time she learns something new. “This conference not only teaches you about smart choices, but it also provides you with the tools to be a leader on your campus. I feel proud to be a part of the APPLE team and hope that the APPLE conference can continue to help our campus.”

Last Updated: February 16, 2012