Tuesday, July 19, 2005
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (July 19, 2005) - The East Tennessee State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is proud to announce its commitment to the campaign for alcohol-free sports TV for the 2005-06 season. For the second straight year, ETSU has pledged to support efforts to end alcohol advertising on all college sports broadcasts.
"At ETSU we stress ‘'Winning the Right Way' to our student-athletes and we felt that as a department the campaign for alcohol free sports TV fits in as a part of our larger message to the athletes," said ETSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dave Mullins. "We support messages of responsibility and education."
ETSU is one of only 228 schools in the NCAA who have joined together to end alcohol ads for all their college games. Only 22 percent of the schools in the NCAA have signed on so far to participate.
"ETSU is one of the schools at the leading edge of this trend," said Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator Barbie Breedlove. "In the future you'll see more and more schools doing this as well. By supporting this campaign, we are taking a leadership role by not advertising and not selling alcohol at our games. We are making an important statement about making responsible decisions."
Earlier this month, ETSU's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics was awarded a CHOICES grant of $30,000 to be received by the Alcohol Awareness Task Force over the next three years. The funds will be used toward promoting responsibility to student-athletes and help battle the dangers caused by under-age drinking.
"The AATF is composed of very proactive and energetic people. We are going to seek out opportunities like this for our department to be involved in," Breedlove said. "By ETSU being one of only 15 schools to receive the CHOICES grant it shows that people recognize the good things that the AATF is doing."
ETSU is working to send a positive message to the campus and the community through its stand on Alcohol-Free Sports TV. You can catch the Bucs' athletic broadcasts beginning this fall on both radio and television as part of the Mountain States Health Alliance Buccaneer Sports Network.
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