March 30, 1999 - by

FSU’s Robert Minnix Cited for Excellence

Office of Compliance receives recognition in anti-gambling efforts.

March 29, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Robert Minnix, Florida State University’s Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance and Legal Affairs, was recently recognized by the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, Inc., for FSU’s dedication in bringing education and awareness of problem gambling to student athletes and administration.

Minnix was honored with the Education Award at the Council’s Sixth Annual Conference in February. The citation stems from FSU’s Office of Compliance’s efforts in its Gambling Symposium which was held on the Florida State campus in September. Minnix and his staff took a unique approach to the workshop where the panel not only addressed the student-athletes and athletics staff, but incorporated the entire University as a whole. Minnix took this approach due to the belief that gambling problems affect all people in a university setting, not just the student-athletes.

The program brought the perspective of the NCAA, which is one of policing or penal, and featured student-athletes who had already experienced a gambling problem. It also addressed the issue of organized crime and university athletics programs as well as problem gambling.

Pat Fowler, the Director of the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, Inc., was a speaker at Florida State’s symposium and experienced the program firsthand.

“We applaud Bob Minnix, not just for his efforts in this area, but for his true understanding of the problem,” Fowler said. “The symposium that Bob and his staff put on in the fall was the first of its kind in the state of Florida for any university. It was the most significant effort of the year in the entire state of Florida in addressing problem gambling.

“Mr. Minnix exhibited an understanding for the whole picture of student-athlete gambling which we’ve rarely seen among his associates and peers. The program done at Florida State addressed all the components for what we see as an effective program.”

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