The Erwin-Enka JV and Varsity men's and women's basketball games on Tuesday, January 24 at Enka HS promise to be exciting, but not just because of the athletic skill of players or the intense Erwin-Enka rivalry.
Buncombe County Schools is partnering with the “Partnership for Substance Free Students in Buncombe County” to make parents and youth aware of the dangers of substance abuse, with special emphasis on the dangers of underage drinking. Beginning with the first game at 4pm, all attending Erwin and Enka parents and students will be encouraged to sign a pledge card promising responsible behavior that keeps youth away from drugs.
National data reveal that every day almost 5,000 students under the age of 16 take their first drink of alcohol, and this can lead to a variety of health, family, and school concerns. Alcohol consumption is often a first step to additional drug use, and almost 30% of America’s high school youth report having engaged in binge drinking before the age of 21. Binge drinking is when an individual consumes four or more drinks in a two-hour time span. Binge drinking is dangerous and can lead to alcohol poisoning and even death.
Drinking and driving is another major hazard related to teen alcohol consumption. In 2010, the state of North Carolina experienced over 10,000 drinking and driving crashes. All individuals who sign the pledge cards will be entered into a drawing for prizes, with drawings held at the end of each game. We encourage the community to support this special emphasis on keeping kids healthy in Buncombe County.
For more information, contact Partnership chairman Lt. Randy Sorrells at firstname.lastname@example.org or Debbie Bryant at Buncombe County Schools at 828-255-5960 or Debbie.email@example.com).