INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 5, 2019) — Berry College was one of eleven schools awarded the 2019 NCAA CHOICES Grant, the NCAA announced earlier in the summer.
The NCAA CHOICES program is an annual grant program that provides funding for NCAA member schools and conferences to integrate athletics into campus-wide efforts to reduce alcohol abuse.
"I am excited about Berry receiving the NCAA Choices Grant and the opportunity afforded by infusing alcohol education into leadership development," Berry's Vice President of Student Affairs, Lindsey Taylor, said. "The resources provided through the grant will not only serve our student body well while at Berry, but it will also lay a foundation for how to have a healthy mindset regarding substance use beyond their time at Berry."
Utilizing the grant, Berry plans to bolster a campus culture of care that promotes safe choices with alcohol through leadership training infused with alcohol education.
"Berry College has a unique culture that values servant leadership and a strong, caring community," Berry's Assistant Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator, Ginger Swann, said. "Partnering with the NCAA, we will have an opportunity to leverage these assets to help educate and engage our student body about leadership, alcohol education and making healthy choices."
The three-year project will use several national resources to reinforce a culture of care and promote substance abuse prevention. These resources include: Habitudes® Leadership Curriculum, NCAA CHOICES Alcohol Education Program, NCAA APPLE Institute programs, and NASPA Certified Peer Educator Training.
Berry's Health and Wellness Committee is overseeing the project.