Student Athlete Mentors at the Gordie Center

The Student Athlete Mentor (SAM) Program is the primary substance abuse prevention program in the Athletics Department.

The SAM program was developed at the University of Virginia in 1989 as a joint effort between the Athletics Department and the Institute for Substance Abuse Studies (now the Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention).   A Student-Athlete Mentor serves as a peer to peer resource to other students on his or her team to help prevent substance abuse.  SAMs receive valuable training in alcohol and other drug abuse prevention throughout the year and learn to use educational and professional resources to support their efforts.