ACC conference taps EPIC for gambling harm partnership

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EPIC Global Solutions is taking steps to curtail gambling harm in college athletics.

The London-based gambling harm consultancy has landed a partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) to provide the Power Five conference with educational tools and workshops to minimize gambling harm. The ACC is comprised of 15 member institutions, which compete in 27 Division I sports. EPIC’s pact also includes any new league member.

“This relationship furthers EPIC’s mission to minimize gambling-related harm and we’re delighted to be working with the ACC to extend the reach of this message,” said EPIC Vice President of Partnerships Teresa Fiore. “With the sports wagering landscape in the U.S. constantly evolving, it’s vital that we help student-athletes and staff to make informed decisions around their relationship with gambling and also recognize signs of gambling-related harm in others where possible.”

EPIC and the ACC previously collaborated in January to deliver a presentation on gambling harm at the conference’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee meeting. The meeting included two student-athletes from each member institution and one Student-Athlete Development Administrator from each school in the conference.

The two entities also plan to deliver a presentation in May at the ACC Health & Safety Summit to more than 125 healthcare professionals from all conference members.

The summit will also include members from the ACC’s three newest member schools.

Last year, the ACC agreed to add Stanford, California and SMU in 2024.

EPIC partnering with major sports entities

The international consultancy agreed to a deal with MLB and the Entain Foundation US in December 2023. As part of the partnership, Entain and EPIC will educate minor league players on the risks of gambling harm. The pact kicks off with minor league spring training.