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January 28, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Rower Maggie Rabenberg and cross country runner Tyler Schoch joined two Loyola University Maryland administrators at the APPLE Institute at the University of Virginia this month to partner with peers from across the nation in discussion of student-athlete substance abuse prevention.

Mary Beth Mudric, Loyola's director of student support and wellness promotion, and associate athletic director David Gerrity joined Rabenberg and Schoch at the event and presented on "Conversation For The Car Ride Home."

The NCAA Sport Science Institute partners with the University of Virginia Gordie Center to sponsor the APPLE Institute, an annual three-day national training institute for student-athletes, athletics administrators and campus partners dedicated to substance abuse prevention and health promotion of college athletes.

Participants learn how to apply the APPLE model within their athletics department to prevent student-athlete substance abuse and promote health and wellness. The SSI sponsors attendance for member schools to participate in the conferences.

In the summer of 2016, the APPLE Conference was renamed the APPLE Training Institute to better reflect the structure of the weekend. The curriculum-based APPLE model is led by a team of faculty and experts in the field of substance abuse prevention and college athletics. The weekend is structured around measured learning outcomes and participants leave with an action plan to take back to their institution. After 25 years, the mission, structure and goals of APPLE are the same that athletics departments across the country have come to expect from this experience.




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