Babson College Awarded NCAA CHOICES Grant to Strengthen Wellness on Campus

Three-year, $30,000 grant will grow existing partnership between Departments of Health and Wellness and Athletics and Recreation at Babson

Babson’s Departments of Health and Wellness and Athletics and Recreation, have been awarded the NCAA CHOICES grant. The grant will focus on alcohol abuse prevention with a holistic approach that includes related topics such as general wellness, sexual assault prevention, hazing prevention, and community engagement. 

“At Babson, we are dedicated to fostering a vibrant, entrepreneurial living learning environment that facilitates innovation, problem solving, and student success,” says Dr. Lawrence P. Ward, Vice President for Student Affairs. “With generous support from the NCAA, I am thrilled that our varsity student athletes will play a pivotal leadership role in helping to reduce alcohol abuse and misuse on campus and model healthier choices among their peers.”

The NCAA CHOICES program provides funding for NCAA member institutions and conferences to integrate athletics departments into campus wide efforts to reduce alcohol abuse. NCAA CHOICES projects must partner athletics with other campus departments in the development and implementation of effective alcohol education projects.

Project T.E.A.M.

Babson’s Department of Athletics and Recreation includes comprehensive programs for 22 varsity teams with over four hundred student-athletes (58.9 percent male, and 41.1 percent female), comprising 20-25 percent of the undergraduate student body. Student Affairs, and the Departments of Athletics and Recreation and Health and Wellness will partner to launch a new initiative, “Team Engagement for Alcohol Management” (Project T.E.A.M.) to address alcohol abuse, wellness, and performance through peer-to-peer education and leadership training for our student-athletes.

Health and Wellness professionals have designed Project T.E.A.M. as an original, transformational model emphasizing the promotion of holistic wellness, team bonding and development, and community engagement as a cohesive, systemic approach to educating all students. Project T.E.A.M. has utility beyond Athletics and is designed for any student group, social organization or team.

Goals of the pilot with student-athletes include: reduction of excessive drinking among undergraduates; reduction of harms/negative consequences related to drinking among student-athletes; promotion of positive group bonding activities to replace hazing among student-athletes; creation of safer party environments; increase in community engagement for student-athletes and; identification, evaluation, and implementation of best practices to strengthen alcohol prevention initiatives for the Varsity Athletics program.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for​ Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®​. The top​-ranked college for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought & Action®​ as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.​​​

By Shannon Sweeny, ssweeny1@babson.edu, (781) 239-4621 | 6/5/2017 9:00 AM