Nov. 18, 2010
“What would you do if someone offered you drugs”, was one of many questions that FSU Student-Athletes asked students at local elementary schools during Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually, every October 23rd-31st.
During this weeklong campaign, student-athletes spoke to youth in grades K-8 encouraging them to “Say No to Drugs” and urging them to be “Drug Free” which included saying no to the use of tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs and house hold cleaning products. In addition to having candid conversations with students about the effects of drugs, student-athletes, in conjunction with the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, were able to deliver Red Ribbon Week materials to each school they visited as well as to partner schools on the south side of town. Students listened as student-athletes told stories of why they chose to be drug free, the importance of saying no and the consequences that one could face if they elected to do drugs, sale drugs, or associate with people who do or sale drugs.
It was amazing to see how amped the youth were to talk about the negative effects of drugs and what they would do if approached by someone who asked them to do drugs. Red Ribbon Week provides multiple opportunities for students, parents, teachers and others to join together to address the alcohol, tobacco, other drug and violence related issues or concerns in their community. FSU student-athletes are proud and glad to be a part of the Red Ribbon Week initiative.