Winner of the NCAA Choices grant
Babson’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.
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:
- 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
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.