USC Upstate News

$30,000 Grant Helps Educate Students About The Misuse Of Alcohol

04- 24- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The Alcohol and Drug Education Programs at the University of South Carolina Upstate was recently selected to receive a $30,000 three-year grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to educate students about the risks involved with the misuse of alcohol.

Frances Jarrett Hortis“This grant will allow the USC Upstate Alcohol and Drug Education Programs to partner with Athletics to provide student leaders with the tools to educate and mentor other students about the consequences associated with high risk drinking,” said Frances Jarrett-Hortis, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs. “The end result will be that we will be able to help students bring their drinking attitudes and behaviors closer to actual group norms as appropriate and equip legal drinking age students with effective strategies for reducing the risk of harm associated with high-risk drinking.”

According to Jarrett-Hortis, USC Upstate has several specific objectives planned during the three year grant period, including:

  • Increase the number of high-risk students particularly student-athletes, first year students, and Greeks receiving exposure to alcohol prevention education, programs, and  support services
  • Utilize effective, research-driven environmental strategies to improve awareness, knowledge, and enforcement of alcohol and other drugs
  • Develop and implement a peer education training for select student-athletes and other student leaders to provide alcohol and other drug education programs to the campus community
  • Increase the number of substance-free events offered campus wide including marketing of alcohol awareness messages
  • Increase parent awareness and understanding of alcohol and other drug statistics, programs, support services and educational opportunities available for students with special attention to parents of student-athletes and first year students

The NCAA, through the support of the NCAA Foundation and Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., developed CHOICES, a grant program that provides funding annually for 15 NCAA member institutions and conferences to integrate athletics into campus-wide efforts to reduce alcohol abuse by partnering athletics with other campus partners in the development and implementation of effective alcohol education projects on college campuses.  

For more information, contact Erin Morgan, coordinator of alcohol and drug education programs at USC Upstate, at (864) 503-5195.