24 Many Sports, One Team

24 at Washington & Lee University is a student run organization committed to creating and promoting a united community of student-athletes. Our goal is to develop and strengthen a sense of responsibility and wellness through risk reduction and bystander intervention. In an effort to create a safer social environment for our fellow student-athletes at Washington and Lee, 24 may address a variety of issues including substance abuse, sexual misconduct, nutrition, and stress management.

We believe that 24 fulfills a unique niche within the Washington and Lee community and that our efforts can help create a more unified student-athlete body, which will in turn positively influence the rest of the student body and W&L community, as student-athletes comprise approximately 25% of the student population. Though 24 is focused primarily on student-athletes, our mission and goals reflect the University's overarching mission and values of honor, integrity, civility, and responsible leadership.

Contact:  Vicky Kazmierczak '18 and Jordan Watson '19

Constitution

History

The concept for 24 was created at an APPLE conference hosted by the NCAA at the University of Virginia during January of 2010. The conference was attended by Jan Hathorn (Athletic Director), Shana Levine (Assistant Athletic Director), Beth Curry (University Counselor), Brooke Diamond (Women's Lacrosse Coach), Dorothy Todd (student-athlete), and Lauren Acker (student-athlete). It was determined that 24 would replace the Student Athlete Mentor program that had become an underutilized resource in need of rejuvenation. 24 used the fundamental principles of the SAMs program, keeping its focus on student-athlete health and wellness, but incorporated the ideas of bystander intervention, community, and increased sporting event attendance. Following the APPLE conference, additional student-athletes and faculty of the athletic department were consulted and met several times during Spring Term of 2010 to discuss the details of the formation and focus of 24 for the following year. All students involved in the Spring Term discussion group were then invited to be the founding members.

During the spring meetings, an application for membership was drafted. Then in the fall, an all-athlete event cosponsored by SAAC announced 24 and its mission statement to the student-athlete body. Applications for membership were made available to those who were interested. The original members and advisors of 24 read the applications and admitted the new members. All members are trained by Beth Curry to help student-athletes who may be struggling with mental health issues. Members are also trained to promote and exhibit qualities of bystander intervention through the NCAA sponsored Step-Up program and/or Green Dot training program. The Athletic Department has funded 24 for the 2010-2011 academic year, but the Athletic Department budget is not able to sustain its funding. Furthermore, we would like to be officially recognized as a student organization.

Mission Statement

24 at Washington & Lee University is a student run organization committed to creating and promoting a united community of student-athletes. Our goal is to develop and strengthen a sense of responsibility and wellness through risk reduction and bystander intervention. In an effort to create a safer social environment for our fellow student-athletes at Washington and Lee, 24 may address a variety of issues including substance abuse, sexual misconduct, nutrition, and stress management.

Requirements for Membership

Applicant must be a member of a varsity athletic team and must demonstrate an interest in building a student-athlete community based upon the principles set forth in the mission statement.

Organization of Leadership/Officers

24 is lead by an Executive Committee that is made up of 3 members: the President, the Chair of the Publications Committee and the Chair of the Event-Planning Committee.

As the leadership organization suggests, all members of 24 are part of the Publications Committee or the Event-Planning Committee but all final decisions are discussed amongst all members and faculty advisors.

Individuals who currently hold the three leadership positions were nominated and voted by the members and faculty advisors of 24. Once those who hold leadership positions graduate or are no longer members of 24, potential new leaders will be nominated and voted upon by all members and faculty advisors of 24.

The Executive Committee meets with Athletic Director, Jan Hathorn, to keep her up to date with 24's efforts, events, and promotions.

The President is in charge of coordinating and running all meetings, emailing 24 with notes and agendas before and after meetings, overseeing the organization of 24-sponsored events and publications produced by the respective committees.

The Chair of the Event-Planning Committee organizes all committee meetings. The Chair is responsible for organizing all aspects of events for student-athletes and events encouraging attendance at sporting events.

The Chair of the Publications Committee organizes all committee meetings. The Chair handles details of all poster campaigns, advertisements, and promotions.

We believe that 24 fulfills a unique niche within the Washington and Lee community. We believe that our efforts can help create a more unified student-athlete body, which will in turn positively influence the rest of the student body and W&L community, as student-athletes comprise approximately 25% of the student population. Though 24 is focused primarily on student-athletes, our mission and goals reflect the University's overarching mission and values of honor, integrity, civility, and responsible leadership.