Advocate the importance of Good Samaritan policies and ensure athletes receive protection. Unfortunately there’s a disconnect between administration, athletic departments, coaches, and Good Samaritan policies and hence athletes are 2.8 times (from a running survey) less likely to call for help out of fear of letting the team down or getting in trouble. Take the survey.
Bring national attention to the dangerous practice of “JanSporting” (also known as Backpacking, DrunkPacking or Turtling). Jansporting is a relatively new phenomenon on campus yet more than 50% of students know what it is and have seen it done on average 3 times.
Donations can be sent to McCrae James Williams Foundation PO Box 291 Weston MA 02493 (501c3 registered).
Other Organizations & Research
Every parent has seen a recent article about a college student dying. You may even know of someone whose son or daughter has died at school. The truly tragic fact is that if help were called, most if not all of these kids would be alive today. Unfortunately, there are only a few poorly funded organizations working to understand and resolve the problem.
Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact of substance abuse and school policies.
SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future. SSDP does this while fighting back against counterproductive policies – in particular, those that directly harm students and youth.
Mary Ciammetti started the ‘Don’t Stall, Just Call’ organization after her son Christian died from alcohol poisoning. She’s fighting to stop binge-drinking deaths. Don’t Stall, Just Call is an alcohol poisoning education program for university, college & high school students and their families. We believe education is the best way to prevent senseless alcohol related deaths.
Cornell Skorton Center
The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives advances student and campus health through institutional leadership, education, research, and public engagement. In 2005-2006 the Skorton Center published research on alcohol usage and campus policies “A medical amnesty approach to alcohol poisoning at a U.S. university“. Unfortunately outside of this there is very little research on the topic.
The mission of StopHazing is to promote safe school, campus and organizational climates through research, information sharing and the development of data-driven strategies for hazing prevention. To learn more about hazing on college campus you can read their 2008 research report. More than 50% of college students report being hazed with college athletes reporting the highest level at 74%. Hazing is not just for athletes and fraternities. Academic Club and Honor Society members report a 28% and 20% respective hazing rate.