Project T.E.A.M.

Winner of the NCAA Choices grant

Project-TEAM-Green.jpgBabson’s Departments of Health and Wellness and Athletics and Recreation, have been awarded the NCAA CHOICES grant to fund Project T.E.A.M., an original and innovative model to address the culture of high-risk drinking at Babson College.

Press Release: Babson College Awarded NCAA CHOICES Grant to Strengthen Wellness on Campus

Project T.E.A.M. approaches alcohol abuse prevention through a holistic lens that includes related topics such as general wellness, sexual assault prevention, hazing prevention, and community engagement. Project T.E.A.M. has utility beyond Athletics; it can be adapted for use with any student group, social organization or team.

Grant Writers & Program Developers:

  • Leah Berkenwald, Assistant Director of Wellness and Coordinator of Alcohol & Other Drug Services
  • Ashleigh Hala, MSW, Associate Director of  Wellness and Director of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services
  • Rick Burr, MS, Director of Athletic Performance
  • Ryan Travia, MEd, Associate Dean for Wellness

Important Dates

Workshop 1 Train the Trainer

January 18, 2018 from 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Men's and Women's Basketball, Swimming & Diving, Ice Hockey

Project T.E.A.M. Program Design

Each of Babson's 22 Varsity Athletic teams will participate in four workshops over the course of three years (the duration of the NCAA Choices grant cycle.)

Each workshop will be co-facilitated by a coach and student leader from the team. The co-facilitator pairs will attend a Train-the-Trainer workshop in advance of facilitating each team workshop, and will receive continuous support from the Project T.E.A.M. Program Developers.

Each team will receive funding to support a positive team development activity (after Workshop 2), and a community service/engagement project (after Workshop 4).

Workshop 1: Individual Wellness

Participants will discuss the impact of alcohol on athletic performance, assess and reflect upon their individual drinking habits, and explore healthy coping and self-care strategies to manage stress and emotional distress.

Workshop 2: Team Development

Participants will identify team values around alcohol & hazing, explore the hidden harms of hazing, and apply their learning to the creation of a team development vision statement. Participants will also plan a team bonding activity for the upcoming semester

Workshop 3: Systems & Policy

Participants will review and discuss the various policies that shape their experience as student-athletes, including NCAA policies, Babson policies, and rules set by their coaches, exploring policy as a resource rather than a limitation.

Workshop 4: Community Engagement

Participants will discuss social norms regarding alcohol abuse in the wider Babson community, examine their impact as student leaders, role models, and party hosts in the context of bystander intervention. Participants will also plan a community service/engagement project for the upcoming semester

Project T.E.A.M. Advisory Committee

The Project T.E.A.M. Advisory Committee (PTAC) is comprised of student-athletes, coaches, and staff from Athletics & Recreation, Health & Wellness, and Community Standards. The group meets bi-monthly.

  • Jon Anderson, Associate Director of Athletics/Head Coach
  • Temitope Bajulaiye, Coordinator of Athletics Marketing & Communications   
  • Leah Berkenwald, Assistant Director of Wellness and Coordinator of Alcohol & Other Drug Services
  • Rick Burr, Director of Athletic Performance
  • Alicia M. Calcagni '20, Women's Soccer
  • Abbe Erle, Associate Director of Community Standards
  • Jake Fishkin '19, Cross Country
  • Ashleigh Hala, Associate Director of  Wellness and Director of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services
  • Sean Harrington, '20, Baseball
  • Michael Lynch, Senior Director of Athletics and Athletics Advancement      
  • Eric Neely, Head Coach, Volleyball
  • Melanie Plattner, '18, Cross Country
  • Michelle Smith, Head Coach, Women's Lacrosse 
  • Ryan Travia, Associate Dean for Wellness
  • Julia Wejchert, Evaluation Consultant

For questions about Project T.E.A.M., please contact Ashleigh Hala.