Nov. 1, 2002
Tallahassee, FL –
Joining forces with the nationally ranked Lady Seminole soccer team to help kids fight tobacco, Leon County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) is hosting a Tobacco-Free Sports Night during FSU Women’s Soccer home game against University of Virginia at 7:00 pm on November 2, 2002. The event will take place at the Seminole Soccer Complex located on Stadium Drive next to the Seminole Softball Complex.
Admission to the game is free, and event planners expect over 1000 elementary, middle and high school students and fans to participate in the evening’s activities. Along with an information booth, SWAT has planned a halftime show that will include youth speakers, games, trivia, prizes and more – all with an anti-tobacco theme. The FSU chapter of STRIKE, a college organization created to address tobacco use on campuses, will also be on-site.
“The tie-in with sports, and one of the best soccer teams in the country, is a great way to have fun and excitement while reaching the community with our message,” said Nicole Payne, a Leon county SWAT member and freshman at Sail High School.
The halftime show will also recognize the Lady Seminoles’ community service work, dubbed “Soccer Kicking Butts,” in which team members visit local elementary schools and discuss the harmful effects of tobacco.
“The kids look up to us and hopefully we can set some good examples and be positive role models,” said Joy McKenzie, a sophomore on the FSU soccer team.
Following the game, players from the FSU soccer team will join fans for autographs and camaraderie.
Leon County SWAT hopes that soccer’s lead in hosting tobacco-free nights may impact future FSU sporting events and that other teams will be interested in similar activities.
For more information on the Tobacco-Free Sports Night, contact Laurie Osgood, Leon County Tobacco Prevention Coordinator in the Leon County Health Department, at (850) 487-3162 Ext. 118. Leon County SWAT is one of 67 county SWAT organizations funded by the Department of Health, Division of Health Awareness and Tobacco working to spread the truth about tobacco. For more information on SWAT visit www.gen-swat.com.