ISU to host presentation on
speaking to student-athletes
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[SEPT. 30, 2004]
NORMAL -- Illinois
State athletics has been a leader in educating its student-athletes
on dangers and adversities facing them in the 21st century. The
department will continue that trend with a presentation at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 5, on the dangers of supplement use. The event in
Redbird Arena is open to the public and is free of charge.
Frank Uryasz of the National Center for
Drug Free Sport will be on hand to speak, as will Kevin Riggins,
father of the late Sean Riggins, a high school football player from
Lincoln who died from a heart attack brought on by the use of the
dietary supplement ephedra.
The presentation is made possible
through NCAA Speaker's Grants requested by Illinois State and
Illinois Wesleyan, along with funding by the Missouri Valley
Conference and the Illinois State athletics department.
Illinois State's Interim Athletics
Director Linda Herman welcomes Uryasz and the Riggins family and
urges the public, particularly young athletes and their parents, to
"This presentation is an opportunity
for our student-athletes and others in the community to become
better educated about supplements," Herman said. "We hope that all
young athletes and those who care about them will take part in this
On Sept. 3, 2002, Sean Riggins suffered
the heart attack that eventually led to his untimely death at the
age of 16. His parents, Kevin and Debbie, have played an
instrumental role in trying to ban ephedra in the United States, as
Illinois was the first state to ban the supplement.
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Uryasz founded the National Center for
Drug Free Sport in 1999 after serving as the director of sports
sciences for the NCAA. Drug Free Sport is located in Kansas City,
Mo., and works with sports organizations such as the NCAA and the
NFL to help set forth organizational drug policies, as well as
conduct research. Drug Free Sport also offers the Dietary Supplement
Resource Exchange Center, a confidential hot line and website set up
to answer athletes' questions about dietary supplements and banned
Kathy Schniedwind, the head athletic
trainer at Illinois State, helped to organize this event.
"We need to realize that supplement use
is prevalent, and it's important that Illinois State be in the
forefront to do the right thing and educate our athletes,"
Schniedwind said. "The National Center for Drug Free Sport has been
at the forefront of educating people, and we're happy to have them
and the Riggins family on campus."
Illinois State has previously offered
seminars on a variety of topics, including gambling, sexual
harassment and steroid use.
something every year regarding educating student-athletes,"
Schniedwind said. "It's important that young athletes know the
dangers out there and that we continue getting these messages out."
State University news release]