Wyoming Athletics Honored for their Contribution to the Laramie D.A.R.E. Program

Oct. 11, 2006

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming Athletics Department was honored today at a presentation in the WAR room of the Rochelle Athletics Center for their contributions to the Laramie Police Department's D.A.R.E. Program. UW Deputy Director of Athletics Barbara Burke was in attendance to receive the award on behalf of the UW Athletics Department.

In 2006, the Laramie Police Department D.A.R.E. Program came to the UW Athletics Department with a request to contribute to a program in providing Laramie's youth with a very large opportunity. The D.A.R.E. Program acknowledged the powerful influence that athletics can have on youth, and the power of role models that student-athletes at that level could provide.

This fall, UW made a huge contribution to their on-going support of the D.A.R.E. Program by entering into a partnership with the Laramie Police Department to form the Albany Country Drug-free Youth Support Program. This program was established in order to provide sixth grade D.A.R.E. students a consistent amount of activities to enjoy for meeting the requirements throughout the year within the D.A.R.E. Program.

With this program, the students are offered 45 separate events to attend throughout the year, including soccer, volleyball, wrestling and more. The contribution from UW Athletics to the D.A.R.E. Program is worth up to $22,500 yearly if every eligible student took advantage of all events. UW's participation is not only a statement of support for the D.A.R.E. Program, but of the commitment to this community's youth and their future.

On average, 45 separate Olympic sporting events will take place for the sixth grade D.A.R.E. student to attend at no cost during the year. UW's Olympic Sports include: Women's Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling, Tennis, Track & Field, Swimming & Diving, Cross Country and Golf.

"I am very excited about this program and immeasurable support that the University of Wyoming Athletics Department has given the D.A.R.E. Program, and our youth who choose to remain drug-free and make wise decisions," said D.A.R.E. Officer, Erica Rich. "Our hope is that as many students as possible can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity provided to them, and can share in the fun and positive experiences that these events have to offer."

Among those in attendance Wednesday were Laramie Chief of Police, Bob Deutsch; D.A.R.E. Officer, Erica Rich; Crime Prevention Officer, Lawrence Perea; High Risk Youth Officers, Al Rich and Ryan Gerdes. Also in attendance were sixth grade D.A.R.E. students Katie Kuhn and Alex Jordan.

For more information about this program please contact Jennifer Kost, Assistant Athletics Director of Olympic Sports for UW, at 307-766-5236 or by email at jkost@uwyo.edu.