Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to incorporate the concept, suggested guidelines and recommendations of this pilot project for implementation of a sports initiative at the community level.
Abstract: Objective of Program: A collaborative effort between the Division of Health Awareness and Florida State University (FSU) Women’s Soccer program to develop and implement a community service pilot project, Soccer Kickin’ Butts! that provides tobacco prevention education to youth.
METHODS: Methods used include assessing the needs for the FSU Women’s Soccer program and the community being served, identifying an appropriate tobacco prevention education program for implementation, training FSU Women’s Soccer team, coordinating and providing presentations to schools, and collaborating with the tobacco prevention coordinator and the community partnership for a culminating event.
RESULTS: The results of the Soccer Kickin’ Butts pilot project allowed the FSU Women’s Soccer program to develop and implement an ongoing community service program. Additional benefits are that players develop public speaking skills and act as role models in the community while raising awareness about tobacco use and its affects on athletic performance. At the end of the spring soccer season, a SmokeFree Soccer Night, was coordinated with the FSU Women’s Soccer, the tobacco prevention coordinator and local partnership, as well as, SWAT youth to acknowledge efforts in the community and to raise critical awareness towards tobacco.
Discussion: The discussion entails comments on this pilot project as an opportunity to implement a sport initiative, its level of impact and provide guidelines on how to implement this type of project, along with recommendations. Accomplishments and shortfalls shall be elaborated on, as well as, improvements made to the project. Current data and future status of the project will also be addressed.
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