Three Myers Park High School students are tackling substance abuse from a prevention and student-awareness standpoint.
The trio has organized a golf tournament at Raintree Country Club on Oct. 21.
The DECA students are Emily Fasth, 17, a senior who lives in Myers Park; Chase Hunter, 15, a sophomore who lives in south Charlotte; and Margaret Prochaska, 16, a junior and south Charlotte resident.
According to Robert Cullip, a Myers Park High marketing teacher and DECA adviser, funds raised will go to offer programs and services to help prevent substance abuse and teen alcohol and drug use, and promote drug-free workplaces and schools. The group is working in conjunction with the Center for Prevention Services in Charlotte.
Distributive Education Clubs of America is an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality and marketing sales and service.
“The idea for the Prevention is the Cure Golf Tournament came about last January, when an influx of substance abuse hit a … school,” Cullip said. “Drugs and alcohol have always been popular among the teenage demographic at schools, but not all kids are aware of all the dangers that come along with it.
“One thing many people forget is that substance abuse spreads out into the community like a virus, by affecting families and friends.”
A youth risk-prevention study by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 2011 reported that a quarter of teens report having used marijuana and that nearly 40 percent of teens reported having been offered, sold or given drugs on school property. The same study showed that binge drinking among teens was up from previous years, to nearly 16 percent.
The Oct. 21 adult golf tournament at Raintree Country Club is a captain’s choice format, costing $75 per person or $300 per team. Check-in will be 10:45 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon.
The students said all funds raised at the tournament will go directly to the Center for Prevention Services, a private nonprofit agency that offers local programs to help prevent substance abuse and teen alcohol and drug use. Jane Goble-Clark, the center’s executive director, and Development Director Maile Philpott lead the agency.
“Our main goal is to have 80 players. … At the present moment, we have approximately 25 players,” Cullip said.
“Our partnership with Center for Prevention Services started earlier this year, when Fasth, Prochaska, and Hunter held the Prevention is the Cure 5K (March 29 at Myers Park High).
“In total, the 5K raised approximately $1,000 that benefited the Center for Prevention Services,” he said.