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 SRU to Host Daylong Workshop on Hazing in Athletics June 20 

 

SPOTLIGHT

May 27, 2003

CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine (724) 738-4854;  e-mail: gordon.ovenshine@sru.edu

SRU TO HOST DAYLONG WORKSHOP ON PROBLEM OF HAZING IN ATHLETICS JUNE 20

           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – “Hazing in Athletics: Legal Implications for Coaches and Administrators” is the title of a one-day workshop June 20 at Slippery Rock University’s North Hills Center, an off-campus classroom facility on Route 910 in Wexford, Allegheny County.

           The 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. event is for teachers, coaches and administrators from regional public or private schools. Review the legal implications of hazing and receive six hours toward Act 48 certification.

           Participants will examine:

  • Federal laws regarding hazing

  • PA statutes regarding hazing

  • Several known hazing cases

  • Collaborate with colleges to develop an anti-hazing policy for your own teams.

 

           SRU’s Dr. Brian Crow, assistant professor of sport management, will lead the workshop. The program was scheduled before the hazing incident in Illinois thrust hazing back into the national spotlight. Participants will discuss that and other cases, including one at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh last year. The focus is hazing among athletic teams.

           One problem with hazing, Crow said, is a sense of one-upmanship. Varsity players remember being hazed as freshmen and want to make it worse for their charges.

           Workshop cost is $100 per person, with school district discounts available. To register, call the North Hills Center at 724-933-8150.

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