Block The Bet

The Compulsive Gambling Program Action Team at Florida State University will host a symposium on campus March 1-2. The program, "Block That Bet: Gambling on College Campuses," will feature Kevin Pendergast, a former student-athlete at the University of Notre Dame who fell deep into debt after his 1994 graduation as a result of gambling.

The Compulsive Gambling Program Action Team at Florida State University will host a symposium on campus March 1-2.

The program, "Block That Bet: Gambling on College Campuses," will feature Kevin Pendergast, a former student-athlete at the University of Notre Dame who fell deep into debt after his 1994 graduation as a result of gambling. In an attempt to eradicate his debt, he became involved in a point-shaving scheme with a Northwestern University basketball player. Pendergast was convicted in the case and served time in a federal prison.

Other speakers include Deana Garner, associate director of agent, gambling and amateurism activities at the National Collegiate Athletic Association; Pat Fowler, executive director of the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling; Bob Minnix, associate athletics director for compliance services at FSU; and Mike Murphy, a University of Florida student who will discuss how a friend's compulsive gambling has affected him.

The symposium includes three sessions on Monday, March 1, all to be held in Ruby Diamond Auditorium. The first session, from 10 a.m. until noon, is open to the campus community, and the second session, from 2 to 4 p.m., is targeted to campus faculty and staff. The third session, from 7 to 9 p.m., is primarily for student-athletes.

The symposium will conclude with a session aimed at athletics department staff. It will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in Miller Hall, located on the third floor of the University Center, Building C.

The symposium is sponsored by the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, the NCAA, and FSU's Department of Athletics, Division of Student Affairs, Thagard Student Health Center and the Compulsive Gambling Program Action Team.

The Compulsive Gambling Program Action Team was formed by former Vice President for Student Affairs Winston Scott, Minnix and Fowler in 2001. Its mission is to facilitate campuswide awareness and assistance strategies to address problem gambling and related issues.

The team is using a variety of methods to promote awareness from free bookmarks to public service announcements by FSU student-athletes. The team also plans to survey the student body to assess attitudes and behaviors regarding gambling.

This report was furnished by FSU Sports Information Office


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