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USING SPORTS FOR DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION IN COLLEGE'S
Sports and recreation activities can keep the students engaged in the community and offer them opportunities to build positive social relationships, self-confidence and skills. Some evidence suggests that sports and recreation among students within the College or at home can also be effective in preventing illicit substance use. This increases the student’s understanding of the potential benefits associated with sports and recreation as it relates to substance use in the college and will help to inform the effectiveness of community programmes and policies. Many people in the society view sports and physical activities as promising ways to foster positive youth development and to prevent substance use. Campaigns aimed at drug prevention among students often feature famous athletes in public service announcements, posters, contests and events warning the youth about the dangers of substance use.

The Spirit of Sports in the College
• Team sports such as football, hockey or rugby will help the students develop social skills such as communication, conflict management and working effectively with others toward a common goal.
• Individual sports such as badminton or table tennis are particularly suited to developing self-reliance, self-discipline and personal goal setting.
• Extreme sports, such as white-water kayaking or mountain climbing, can build self-reliance and, by filling the need for adventure and a measure of risk, may serve as an alternative to drug use for some young people.
• Outdoor sports, including cross-country skiing and cycling, can increase appreciation and care for the natural environment.

"Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision." Muhammad Ali.

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