Student-Athletes Standing Up to Substance Abuse: A Community Effort

Coaching for Captains photo: Pulling Together

Posted by ReThink Health UCRV Backbone Team: The opportunity to contribute to local prevention efforts came last month when I was approached by Dartmouth undergraduate student and rugby player, Gayne Kalustian. She was organizing a weeklong fitness and leadership camp for local high school athletes as part of her internship with Second Growth. Gayne asked if I would come speak to them about healthy nutrition and lifestyle for competitive athletes, because, she said, “after talking to some coaches, it is apparent that kids haven’t had a lot of guidance on nutrition.”

This opportunity appealed to me on several levels. On a personal level, as a competitive athlete I have a very strong passion for coaching athletes of all ages, especially young athletes with limited resources, and I am always looking for volunteer opportunities.

I was even more enthusiastic when I learned that the camp was based in Claremont, with the majority of student-athletes living and going to school in Claremont. As you may already know, ReThink Health UCRV has a strong partnership with the Claremont community stemming from the health survey we did there…Click here for full article

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