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By Jim Priest, Executive Director of FATE


thletes remain one of the highest “at risk” groups for drug and alcohol abuse. Do you know why?


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A lot of it has to do with peer pressure. But just as there is negative peer pressure on student athletes to drink or take illegal drugs, there can also be positive peer pressure, like that displayed by a young man who attended Bethany High School. Here’s his story in his own words.


My name is Chris Chamberlain and I play linebacker for the St. Louis Rams.


I’ve been a part of many teams in my career and I find that one person who is passionate and positive can affect those around them.


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In high school I was fortunate to play quarterback and free safety and won a state championship while at Bethany. I was part of a group of seniors who had seen in previous years how the abuse of alcohol and other drugs had hurt our team. A group of us thought that


we could have had a chance to go further in playoffs and win more games if alcohol and drugs weren't part of our team’s lifestyle. So we came up with the idea that we wanted all the guys on our football team to sign a pledge to not drink, to not smoke, or do any of those things


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