by: NCRG Staff | Mar 13, 2012
What do college basketball and college gambling have in common? March is a good time to learn about both. As the NCAA basketball tournament approaches, college students and basketball fans across the country are filling out their brackets, and some may even place a wager on the games. During March Madness, the NCRG is launching a public awareness initiative to encourage college administrators, campus health professionals, students and parents to learn more about college gambling and gambling-related harms. The campaign also helps to educate students about how to make responsible decisions about gambling.
The NCRG created www.CollegeGambling.org as a resource to help colleges and universities address this issue and to offer free resources for students who want to learn more about gambling or get help for a problem. It includes a toolkit for student peer educators, resident advisors and other student leaders to use when talking about gambling disorders with their friends or classmates.
Today, the NCRG distributed a video package that highlights the resources available on CollegeGambling.org. The video features interviews with Karin Dittrick-Nathan, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor at the University of Denver and member of the NCRG’s Task Force on College Gambling Policies, and Christine Reilly, senior research director of the NCRG, about gambling on college campuses and how CollegeGambling.org can be used as a resource. You can view the multimedia news release video below, or visit the CollegeGambling.org’s media page. Please feel free to share the video with college students, parents or university officials so that they can learn more about this website.
The NCRG is also reaching out to university administrators and campus mental health professionals to give them the resources they need to address gambling disorders and responsible gaming on their campus. Student health professionals will receive CollegeGambling.org inflatable basketballs and more information about the free toolkits that are housed on the site. These resources include brochures about college gambling and responsible gambling, fact sheets and posters for student health centers. Additionally, the toolkits on CollegeGambling.org include suggestions for campus officials to integrate gambling education and awareness efforts into existing programs about alcohol, drugs and other risky behaviors.
In March, you’ll see blog posts about the latest research about gambling disorders among college students, interviews with researchers who are doing cutting-edge studies to develop interventions for pathological gambling and more. Stay tuned to Gambling Disorders 360˚ and the NCRG’s Twitter and Facebook feeds for the latest information.
Take a moment to view our video news release and visit CollegeGambling.org, as well as our March Madness interactive quiz. Do you have questions or comments about CollegeGambling.org or gambling disorders on college campuses? Please let us know in the comments below.