U.Va.'s Peer Educators Work to Prevent Alcohol Abuse at Foxfield With Presentation and Safety Tent

April 21, 2008 — On Wednesday, April 23, the University of Virginia's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team peer educators will present "Everything You Wanted to Know About Foxfield … But Were Afraid to Ask," a program to educate students on safety issues around the spring Foxfield Races. The panel presentation will include representatives of the Foxfield Racing Association, Albemarle County Police, Alcoholic Beverage Control, Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, the Charlottesville/Albemarle Rescue Squad and U.Va. administration. A question and answer period will follow the panel presentation.

Topics addressed will include new Foxfield policies, how to get a safe ride home from the races, organizational and personal liability issues, what will happen in the event that a student is arrested at Foxfield, and how to access medical services while at the races. The ADAPT peer educators will provide information on minimizing alcohol-related risks and recognizing an alcohol emergency.

On Saturday, April 26, ADAPT will host a student safety tent at the Foxfield Races to provide free water, food and sunscreen to anyone who needs it. ADAPT has received food and water donations from local businesses.

The student safety tent is also the location for race patrons who agree to be sober drivers to sign the Savvy Fox pledge. The Savvy Fox program is sponsored by the Foxfield Racing Association and provides free pizza and sodas to non-drinking drivers.

Last year, more than 500 students attended ADAPT's Foxfield Races educational program. The event will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, in the U.Va. Chemistry Auditorium (room 402).

For information, photographers and other members of the media should contact Susan Bruce, director of the Center for Alcohol and Substance Education, at 434-924-5276 or sbruce@virginia.edu. The ADAPT student coordinator for the Foxfield Races education program is Shana Wrobel. She may be reached at shanawrobel@virginia.edu or 571-246-3728.