July 2, 2012 - New York-Penn League (NYPL) - Vermont Lake Monsters
BURLINGTON, VT - The Vermont Lake Monsters are teaming up with the Alliance for Consumer Education to create a New England-wide program to "Strike Out Inhalant Abuse" at six Minor League ballparks in six different states in 2012. The effort seeks to bring awareness to the serious problem of inhalant abuse in a unique program designed to educate parents, school officials, and individuals in the community about the often-overlooked dangers.
Participating baseball teams will work with their local SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Chapter to conduct awareness school assemblies and community appearances with mascots and players to educate fans about the dangers of inhalant abuse. The Inhalant Awareness message will be shared all summer through team websites and in-stadium announcements, and the program will culminate in an "Awareness Game" at each stadium.
The Lake Monsters' Inhalant Abuse Prevention Night will take place on Thursday, July 5 as the Lake Monsters take on the Hudson Valley Renegades. The Lake Monsters will feature a poster giveaway for the first 1,200 kids that enter the ballpark that evening.
A special report by the "Partnership for a Drug-Free America" revealed that 1 in 5 students in the USA between the grades of six and twelve have abused an inhalant at least once in their life. In fact, inhalants are the fourth-most abused substance.