Glenbard Athletes, Parents to Hear Dangers of Drugs, Alcohol

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Glenbard Athletes, Parents to Hear Dangers of Drugs, Alcohol


Byline: Christopher Placek cplacek@dailyherald.com

It's common for high school athletes and their parents to attend meetings before the start of every sports season when their coaches and school administrators warn about the dangers of alcohol and drugs.

This year in Glenbard High School District 87, officials are bringing in some big names to spread that message -- and they say it comes at a time as important as ever. The public also is invited to attend.

The first two Glenbard fall sport parent and athlete meetings kickoff Wednesday night in Glen Ellyn at two schools -- Glenbard West and Glenbard South -- with a presentation at each school from psychologist Aaron White, an author and researcher who has explored the effects of alcohol on the brain.

On Thursday, Northwestern University's new head basketball coach, Chris Collins, will discuss "The Responsibilities of Being an Athlete" at Glenbard East.

And next Tuesday at Glenbard North, Lake County Associate Circuit Court Judge Chris Stride will discuss the 2007 trial he presided over in which a Deerfield couple was held liable for allowing an underage drinking party at their home. Two teens who were at that party later died in a drunken driving crash.

"I have a sense that all of us are coming together on the same page about the responsibilities we have dealing with youth and helping them make decisions, because the challenges are so great nowadays," said Gilda Ross, Glenbard's student and community projects coordinator, who is organizing the speakers programs. "Read a newspaper -- you can see this is a challenging time for young people around alcohol and other drugs. I think these people are very impassioned to do anything they can to get this very lifesaving message out to young people and their families. …

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