TEAM Joins NCAA and University of Virginia for 2016 APPLE Conferences


TEAM (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management) Coalition attended two APPLE Conferences in January 2016. The first was in Charlottesville, VA, and the second was in Grapevine, TX. Both conferences were sponsored by the University of Virginia and the NCAA.

The APPLE Conferences, developed and coordinated by the Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the University of Virginia, are the leading national training symposiums dedicated to substance abuse prevention and health promotion for student athletes and athletics department administrators. The goal of the APPLE conference is to assist colleges in promoting student athlete health and wellness by empowering teams of student- athletes and administrators to create an institution-specific action plan.

At both conferences, TEAM Coalition provided information about responsible drinking, designated driver programs and information about how TEAM and the NCAA have partnered in the past. TEAM also provided giveaways for all attendees of the conferences. TEAM Coalition’s presentation was focused on the It’s a Slam Dunk, Don’t Drive Drunk program that is a video and pledge competition between the schools of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Click here to see the It’s a Slam Dunk, Don’t Drive Drunk Facebook Page.

The highlight of TEAM Coalition’s participation in the APPLE Conferences was a unique take on the It’s a Slam Dunk, Don’t Drive Drunk video contest. This contest was customized for the APPLE Conferences where university teams were encouraged to submit a 30 second video communicating the message “It’s a Slam Dunk, Don’t Drive Drunk.” 32 videos were submitted at the Charlottesville Conference and 25 were posted at the Grapevine, TX Conference. The top three videos at each conference received prizes.

Charlottesville, VA APPLE Conference Video Contest Winners
First Place
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Salisbury University
Second Place
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Converse College
Third Place
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George Mason University


Grapevine, TX APPLE Conference Video Contest Winners
First Place
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Ball State University
Second Place
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Westminster College
Third Place
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Earlham College

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For more information on the APPLE Conferences, go to APPLE Conference

TEAM Coalition:
TEAM Coalition is an alliance of professional and collegiate sports, entertainment facilities, concessionaires, stadium service providers, the beer industry, distillers, broadcasters, traffic safety experts and others working together to promote responsible drinking and positive fan behavior at sports and entertainment facilities. TEAM Coalition members and supporters include National Collegiate Athletic Association, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, NASCAR, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, Americrown, Aramark, Delaware North Sportservice, Legends, Spectra, Beer Institute, National Beer Wholesalers Association, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Constellation Brands, HEINEKEN USA, MillerCoors, Brown-Forman, Live Nation, National Association of Broadcasters, Contemporary Services Corporation, International Association of Venue Managers, Stadium Managers Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more information visit or