EPIC Risk Management has teamed up with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to provide a gambling harm and student-athlete protection educational program for its members.
To be made available to all NCAA campuses and conferences later this year, the program features a variety of delivery options including live, in-person education workshops and seminars, pre-recorded sessions, and on-demand virtual resources.
Education materials will be strategically focused to educate student-athletes, coaches, administrators, game officials, health care, and support personnel.
Stan Wilcox, Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at the NCAA, commented: “This program is the latest action by the national office as the membership adapts to increased legalized sports wagering.
“The NCAA continually assesses the evolving sports wagering landscape, and we are committed to providing tools, resources, and educational initiatives for our schools and conferences.”
The NCAA partnership aligns with EPIC’s commitment to reducing gambling harm alongside working with elite sports across the world. In the US, the organization has also worked with the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), and Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire.
“Our team is made up of industry experts, many with lived experience of gambling addiction, committed to raising awareness and preventing gambling harm,” added Paul Buck, CEO of EPIC Risk Management.
“We are excited to work with the NCAA to further equip student-athletes and athletics personnel with the most comprehensive gambling harm preventative services, support, awareness, and education.”
EPIC supplies education and resources to more than 15,000 athletes and more than 50,000 students worldwide each year in the highest risk sectors for gambling harm.