82 percent of hazing deaths involve alcohol
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) September 9, 2009
In conjunction with National Hazing Prevention Week (sponsored by http://www.HazingPrevention.Org), nearly 100 campuses will participate in National GORDIEday on Sept. 24, 2009, to spread awareness about the dangers of alcohol and hazing, and commemorate the lives of the 5,000 underage students who die every year from alcohol related incidents. Findings of an ongoing study prepared by professors Elizabeth Allan and Mary Madden of the University of Maine's College of Education and Human Development reveal that 47 percent of college freshmen arrive on campus having already been hazed in high school.
National GORDIEday is presented by The Gordie Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by parents Leslie and Michael Lanahan in memory of their son, Lynn Gordon Bailey, Jr., a freshman who died of an alcohol overdose following a Chi Psi fraternity hazing incident at the University of Colorado in 2004. The Gordie Foundation has established the Circle of Trust, a student-driven, peer-to-peer education program, with chapters on nearly 150 college and high school campuses worldwide. These groups help promote change by spreading Gordie's story; establishing dialogue about responsible alcohol use; educating about the dangers of peer pressure, hazing, and alcohol poisoning; and empowering youth to call for help and potentially save the life of a friend. The primary activities of each chapter include promoting awareness by holding two events each academic year at every participating campus.
Institutions interested in taking part in National GORDIEday can register online and will receive educational materials free of charge. Participating schools will be distributing information on the signs of alcohol poisoning and the dangers of hazing. A wallet-size card listing six attributes of hazing activities will help inform bystanders and victims when simple pranks have crossed the line into hazing. A stadium cup, commonplace on college campuses, will warn students that "82 percent of hazing deaths involve alcohol," and will also provide the signs of alcohol poisoning.
Participating campuses have the opportunity to purchase "HAZE," a full-length documentary film examining the college drinking culture in America - including the death of Gordie Bailey. Two versions of the film are available: an 81 minute uncut version, and a 36 minute version tailored to high school-age audiences. If purchased as part of National GORDIEday registration, the film will be offered at a discount of up to 50 percent off the original price.
The Gordie Foundation has officially opened registration to all current Circle of Trust chapters and members. Schools without a Circle of Trust are invited to start a chapter online and participate in this second-annual National GORDIEday event. For additional information, to register for National GORDIEday, or to start a Circle of Trust Chapter, please visit http://www.gordie.org, call The Gordie Foundation headquarters at 214-823-0235, or e-mail [email protected]
About The Gordie Foundation
The Gordie Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization providing today's young people with the skills to navigate the dangers of alcohol, binge drinking, peer pressure, and hazing. Since its inception, the Foundation has established nearly 150 Circle of Trust Chapters on college and university campuses across the country. Other outreach initiatives of the Foundation include National GORDIEday, GORDIEgolf Classic speaking engagements, partnerships with like-minded organizations, and screenings of "HAZE" the movie (http://www.hazethemovie.com). The film, which includes an introduction by the foundation's honorary chairperson and national spokesperson, Robin Wright Penn, was screened at the 2009 AFI DALLAS International Film Festival, 2009 Newport Beach International Film Festival, 2009 Indie Spirit Film Festival (where it received the Director's Choice Award), 2009 Newport International Film Festival, and the 2008 Hamptons Film Festival. For more information, please visit http://www.gordie.org.