24 at Washington and Lee University is a student run organization committed to creating and promoting a united community of student-athletes. Our goal is to develop and strengthen a sense of responsibility and wellness through risk reduction and bystander intervention, as well as taking a holistic approach when thinking about the lives of student-athletes on campus. In an effort to create a safer social environment for our fellow student-athletes at Washington and Lee, 24 may address a variety of issues including substance abuse, sexual misconduct, nutrition, and stress management. Additionally, 24 will be an opportunity for currently student-athletes to share their thoughts on NCAA legislation, and both University and Athletic Department policies and procedures. We believe that 24 fulfills a unique niche within the Washington and Lee community and that our efforts can help create a more unified student-athlete body, which will in turn positively influence the rest of the student body and W&L community, as student-athletes comprise approximately 25% of the student population. Though 24 is focused primarily on student-athletes, our mission and goals reflect the University's overarching mission and values of honor, integrity, civility, and responsible leadership.
The concept for 24 was created at an APPLE conference hosted by the NCAA at the University of Virginia during January of 2010. The conference was attended by Jan Hathorn (Athletic Director), Shana Levine (Assistant Athletic Director), Beth Curry (University Counselor), Brooke Diamond (Women's Lacrosse Coach), Dorothy Todd (student-athlete), and Lauren Acker (student-athlete). It was determined that 24 would replace the Student Athlete Mentor program that had become an underutilized resource in need of rejuvenation. 24 used the fundamental principles of the SAMs program, keeping its focus on student-athlete health and wellness, but incorporated the ideas of bystander intervention, community, and increased sporting event attendance. Following the APPLE conference, additional student-athletes and faculty of the athletic department were consulted and met several times during Spring Term of 2010 to discuss the details of the formation and focus of 24 for the following year. All students involved in the Spring Term discussion group were then invited to be the founding members. During the spring meetings, an application for membership was drafted. Then in the fall, an all-athlete event cosponsored by SAAC announced 24 and its mission statement to the student-athlete body. Applications for membership were made available to those who were interested. The original members and advisors of 24 read the applications and admitted the new members. All members are trained by Beth Curry to help student-athletes who may be struggling with mental health issues. Members are also trained to promote and exhibit qualities of bystander intervention through the NCAA sponsored Step-Up program and/or Green Dot training program. In the summer of 2015, the Athletic Department decided to merge SAAC and 24, into a “new” 24 in an effort to strengthen and empower the group to be active and involved on campus and in the Lexington/Rockbridge Community.
24 at Washington & Lee University is a student run organization committed to creating and promoting a united community of student-athletes. Our goal is to develop and strengthen a sense of responsibility and wellness through risk reduction and bystander intervention, and focus on the holistic, balanced life of a student-athlete. In an effort to create a safer social environment for our fellow student-athletes at Washington and Lee, 24 may address a variety of issues including substance abuse, sexual misconduct, nutrition, and stress management.
Requirements for Membership
Applicant must be a member of a varsity athletic team and must demonstrate an interest in building a student-athlete community based upon the principles set forth in the mission statement.