Marquette University student-athletes Jake Richard, Anna Muzika, Catherine Mayer, and John Mau attended the APPLE Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., on Jan. 25-27, joining representatives from 75 other institutions across NCAA Division I, II, and III.
APPLE conferences, developed and coordinated by the Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the University of Virginia, are the leading national training symposiums dedicated to substance abuse prevention and health promotion for student athletes and athletics department administrators.
Material for the conference presented by the Marquette contingent was the university's "Back Out Before Blackout" campaign, which was funded by the NCAA CHOICES grant in partnerships with the Marquette Offices of Student Development and Intercollegiate Athletics.
As part of the convention, student-athletes got the chance to meet with NCAA president Mark Emmert in an open forum, as well as discuss a variety of topics regarding alcohol, drugs, sex, bystander intervention, student-athlete leadership, and mentoring programs.
The message behind Marquette's "Back Out Before Blackout" campaign goes in conjunction with the tenants of APPLE, which stands for "athletic, prevention, programming, leadership, and education."