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Thursday February 18th, 2016

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The Windsor Lancers will be taking part in the Succeed Clean program to help bring awareness to local youth on the hazards of appearance and performance enhancing drugs.

Succeed Clean is a prevention program delivered by peer-mentors from local universities to educate children and youth in Grades 7 to 12 about the dangers of appearance and performance-enhancing drugs (APEDs).

After a highly successful 2-year pilot in Kitchener-Waterloo, the Ontario Trillium Foundation granted funding for the program’s expansion to eleven new communities. Over the next two years, Succeed Clean will be delivered in schools and community organizations across Ontario, in partnership with local universities, school boards, community groups, and police services.

The Lancers are working with both the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, the Greater Essex County District School Board, as well as the Windsor Police Service and Ontario Provincial Police to help spread the message to the local community.

“Our student athletes are proud and excited to be able to enter Windsor-Essex schools to speak to local students about the risks of appearance and performance enhancing drugs (APED),” said University of Windsor Athletic Director Mike Havey. “With the support of local law enforcement, Lancer student athlete peer mentors will be delivering a positive message regarding ethical behaviours; as well as safe and healthy training alternatives to APEDs.”

The Lancers campaign will kick off this Friday, February 19th, with multiple presentations to the students of St. Anne’s High School in Tecumseh. Thus far, 22 student-athletes have been trained as peer mentors to present this important message.

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