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HCAC Partners with Hooton Foundation to Offer Drug Education to Athletic

January 26, 2013

GREENWOOD, IN - Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner
Christopher Ragsdale has teamed up with the commissioners of Presidents
Athletic Conference (PAC), North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) and Ohio
Athletic Conference (OAC) along with the NCAA and the Taylor Hooton
Foundation to make Drug Education Workshops available to all head coaches,
athletic trainers, and athletic administrators.

"I am very excited that through the collaborative effort of our four
different intercollegiate athletic conferences and the support of the NCAA
Strategic Grant we have found a way to bring information and education to
our coaches about issues concerning the use and abuse of appearance
performance enhancement drugs (APED's) by today's youth," said HCAC
Commissioner Chris Ragsdale.

For the past eight years, the Taylor Hooton Foundation has been providing
schools across the U.S. and Canada with a highly entertaining multi-media
Hoot's Chalk Talk educational program delivered by expert speakers.

The NCAA Division III conferences have set up four separate workshops next
week. Programming will begin on Monday, January 28, at Geneva College in
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, with the next stop scheduled for Tuesday,
January 29, at Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. On Wednesday, January
30, Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, will host.

The HCAC-centered workshop will take place on Thursday, January 31 in the
White River Ballroom of the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN.  Over 200
attendees have registered, including athletic administrators, coaches, and
athletic trainers from all 10 HCAC institutions along with members from
DePauw University, Wabash College, and Thomas More College.

The three-hour morning session will assist coaches, trainers, and
administrators in developing the knowledge and tools to effectively keep
their athletes away from Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs (APEDs).
Workshop topics include defining components of drugs, usage trends, social
issues and pressures, dealing with problems and interventions. There will
also be opportunities for the attendees to take part in group roundtable
discussions and to learn about campus action plans.

The two-hour afternoon session titled "It Matters - Coaches Can Assist with
Alcohol/Other Drug Deterrence" will be provided by Mary Wilfret, NCAA
Associate Director of Health and Public Safety, and David Wyrick, Associate
Professor of Public Health at UNC Greensboro.

"We want to maximize our opportunity with our conference coaches,
administrators, and athletic training staff; as such the afternoon segment
will be used to address one of the most critical areas of concern for all of
our college campuses and that is the use and misuse of alcohol and its
effect on negative social behaviors," stated Ragsdale.  "Our speakers will
provide educational strategies to assist with creating and maintaining team
environments that deter abuse."

The Taylor Hooton Foundation was founded in 2004 in memory of Taylor E.
Hooton, a 17-year old athlete from Plano, Texas who committed suicide as a
result of his anabolic steroid abuse. 

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