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    Wildcats Participate in 20th Annual APPLE Conference in Austin

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Northwestern sent five student-athletes and an academic advisor to the 20th APPLE Conference in Austin last weekend.
    Northwestern sent five student-athletes and an academic advisor to the 20th APPLE Conference in Austin last weekend.

    Feb. 1, 2011

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Motivated to create a school-specific action plan for promoting wellness and preventing substance abuse among student-athletes, members of the Northwestern Athletics community traveled to Austin, Texas, to represent NU in the 20th annual APPLE Conference last weekend.

    Founded by the Center for Alcohol and Substance Education at the University of Virginia, the APPLE ("Athletic Prevention Programming and Leadership Education") model is designed to allow student-athletes and their on-campus mentors to identify strengths and weaknesses of their schools' current substance abuse practices, share resources and increase their ability to positively influence their peers.

    Representing Northwestern student-athletes at the 2010 conference were sophomore Angie Henry and junior Rachel Kaminski of cross country, sophomore Nick Gendron and junior Peter O'Neill of men's soccer and junior Kaylee Pohlmeyer of field hockey.

    The group was accompanied academic advisor Davon Robb.

    "Once again the APPLE conference was a great opportunity for our student-athletes to hear from some dynamic speakers and to meet student-athletes from schools across the country," Robb said. "While in Austin they created a project plan and came back inspired to make a difference on Northwestern's campus."

    For second-year attendee Rachel Kaminski, a return trip to the conference in 2011 gave her the opportunity to build on her team's initiatives from the past year.

    "After attending last year's event in Orlando, I really wanted to be a part of the Northwestern team again this year in order to bring new drug and alcohol awareness information back to our campus," Kaminski said. "I didn't think it was possible, but I learned even more this year, which truly says a lot about the conference and the way it's coordinated. Our team plans on working together throughout the year in order to set our action plan into motion. We are really grateful to have been a part of the experience."

    Featured speakers at the event included clinical and performance enhancement professionals from Arizona, Virginia Tech, and other universities, as well as Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage and nonprofit activist Ethan Zohn. For more information on the 2011 APPLE Conference, visit the official website by clicking here.


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