Lynn Gordon "Gordie" Bailey, Jr. was born on February 22, 1986. He would have turned 31 in just a few weeks had someone intervened on his behalf that September night in Boulder, when hazing and alcohol overdose took his life at just 18 years old. Gordie's mom said last year that she had a hard time imagining herself as the mother of a 30-year-old when Gordie was a young boy...and now, it's even harder that she is still imagining instead of celebrating these birthdays and milestones with her only son. Who would Gordie have been today? His family and friends cherish the time they shared with him--and we all benefit from them sharing his story with us. On February 22nd, take some time to remember Gordie and commit to looking out for those around you. We can all celebrate his birthday by taking his lifesaving message to heart. Happy 31st birthday, Gordie!
Gordie Center Ideas and Updates
University of Texas at Dallas APPLE Team
2017 APPLE Training Institutes
The Gordie Center just finished hosting our 2017 APPLE Training Institutes in January. APPLE is the leading national training institute dedicated to substance abuse prevention and health promotion for student-athletes and athletics department administrators. Prevention teams comprised of student-athletes and administrators from 76 NCAA-member schools participated in either the Charlottesville, VA, or Nashville, TN, APPLE Training Institute. 
Spring Break Campaign Planning
Looking for ways to promote safe behaviors on spring break? The Gordie Center can help! Check out our GORDIEstore to see the fun giveaways we offer to complement your Spring Break safety and awareness campaigns. Our koozies are always a tabling hit, and new this spring, we are offering sunglasses for $2.50/pair--please contact us if you would like to order sunglasses. Look for details in our March newsletter about our spring break contest!
Thank you for supporting our mission and helping to spread Gordie's story.  Together, we can work to prevent hazing and alcohol overdose, as well as strengthen recovery efforts nationwide. Don't forget to celebrate Gordie's birthday on February 22nd by committing to be an active bystander, and sharing Gordie's story!

Until next month,

Susie Bruce,  Director, Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Jill Maurer, National Development & Program Coordinator 
 
Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
gordiecenter@virginia.edu | www.gordie.org
 


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