The NCAA and EPIC Risk Management announced a partnership to create a comprehensive outreach program to provide student-athletes with resources aimed at minimizing gambling-related harm.
The program should be available for all NCAA schools and conferences later this year. More than 500,000 student-athletes participate in NCAA athletics.
“This program is the latest action from the national office as members adjust to the increase in legalized sports betting,” NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs Stan Wilcox said in a press release. “The NCAA continually assesses the changing landscape of sports betting, and we are committed to providing tools, resources, and educational initiatives to our schools and conferences.”
The program will include in-person workshops and seminars, pre-recorded sessions, and on-demand virtual resources. Program materials will be made available to student-athletes, as well as coaches, administrators, game officials, and health care and support staff.
“Our team is made up of industry experts, many with lived experience of gambling addiction, committed to raising awareness and preventing the harms of gambling,” said Paul Buck, CEO of EPIC Risk Management. “We are excited to work with the NCAA to further equip student-athletes and athletic personnel with the most comprehensive services, support, outreach and education in the prevention of gambling-related harm.”
EPIC has worked with the National Football League Players Association and the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. It also provides training and resources to more than 15,000 athletes and over 50,000 students worldwide in areas most at risk for harmful gambling.
The team @epicpgc reaches a large audience. Student-athletes are especially vulnerable as sports play accelerates. Glad to see the men and women of @epicpgc work to prevent damage. https://t.co/msjxEchkek
— HJLExplorer (@HJLExplorer) January 27, 2022
NFL-backed group offers gambling prevention grant
The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) created the Agility Scholarship Program which will provide funding to non-profit organizations across the country that offer problem gambling prevention programs.
The NCPG, with financial support from the National Football League Foundation, initially plans to award grants of $20,000 to $40,000 to four to six nonprofit organizations. The plan is to provide support to areas where there is currently a lack of adequate problem gambling prevention programs.
“Problem gambling prevention providers are historically under-resourced,” NCPG Executive Director Keith Whyte said in a press release. “These agility grants will provide support and help build much-needed momentum to reduce the long-term personal, social and economic costs of problem gambling. Funding projects will foster new ideas, elevate new voices and create new partnerships to strengthen the effectiveness of prevention programs. We encourage all eligible organizations to apply.
The NCPG has begun accepting applications for the first round of grants, and applicants have until February 22 to apply. The announcement of the winners is expected in March. Applicants will be evaluated on a number of criteria, including alignment with Agility Grants program principles, funding strategies, and potential community impact.
The grant program is based on three fundamental principles: innovation, collaboration and amplification. Candidates have the option to apply under the categories “Innovation in Prevention”, “Amplification” or both.
In prevention innovation, organizations are judged on promoting and accelerating the development, deployment, or research of gambling addiction prevention programs and their plans to address key populations. As part of Amplification, organizations are judged on their ability to increase community awareness, response and support by identifying and elevating new leaders, partnerships and voices within the gaming community. problem.