SALISBURY, Md. – A group of approximately 300 Salisbury University student-athletes, made up of freshmen and transfers, received an important message from Maryland State’s Attorney Matthew Maciarello on Sunday night.
Maciarello addressed the student-athletes regarding Driving While Impaired and Driving Under the Influence, presenting a program developed by the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office, entitled “The Real Costs of DUI.”
“It was an honor and a privilege to meet so many gifted and talented athletes who are also concerned about their role in our community,” Maciarello said. “I am very grateful that Salisbury University’s athletes and coaches took time out to discuss these important matters of public safety.”
The presentation was a part of a series of events created for Salisbury student-athletes, “SU Athletics: The Choices of Champions.” This project was created to develop a sustainable wellness and leadership program which identifies and addresses the cultural and social issues that impact campus and team environments, success and comfort levels for first-year students and student-athletes.
During Sunday evening’s presentation, the Salisbury student-athletes were introduced to a local youth soccer player, who participates in SU sports camps during the summer, then were shown a sports-based video about drinking and driving.
“Our young athletes look up to our Salisbury University athletes so we are appealing to their sense of responsibility to those children who are participating in SU youth sports programs,” Maciarello said.
Salisbury’s “SU Athletics: The Choices of Champions” was developed out of an NCAA program called CHOICES. CHOICES began in 1991, as Anheuser-Busch recognized the opportunities that athletics affords to educate people about alcohol abuse, endowing the NCAA with $2.5 million to create a grant program to help NCAA member institutions and conferences integrate athletics into larger campus-wide alcohol education efforts.