HAMMOND, Ind., & WESTVILLE, Ind. — Purdue University Northwest student-athletes recently attended an educational seminar presented by Kathy J. Turpin, Ph.D, of The National Center for Drug Free Sport.
Drug Free Sport specializes in drug education and testing in intercollegiate athletics, working to provide strategic alternatives to traditional drug-use prevention programs. Drug Free Sport conducts drug-testing for sport entities across the country, including the NCAA, NAIA, Big Ten Conference, MLB, NFL, NBA, WNBA, PGA, LPGA, and more than 300 colleges, universities, and amateur athletics organizations around the world.
“Drug Free Sport appreciates the opportunity to partner with Purdue Northwest in promoting student-athlete health, safety and success in and out of sport,” said Turpin. “We value the institution’s commitment to provide a quality drug education program to its student-athletes and staff prior to, and then in continuance with, the implementation of the NCAA and institutional drug testing programs.
"We are proud of our mission to not only ensure fair and safe sport, but to help student-athletes to make good decisions for their sport, their health, and their communities”.
Turpin, who serves as the company’s Vice President of Sport Drug Testing, educated PNW’s 200-plus student-athletes on the dangers of dietary supplements, street drugs, and other banned substances outlined both by Purdue Northwest’s and the NCAA’s drug-testing policies.
"On behalf of PNW, I would like to thank Kathy Turpin for the dynamic presentation she provided to student athletes and coaches,” Director of Athletics Rick Costello said. "I am pleased that Drug Free Sport will administer the Purdue Northwest Drug Education and Testing program.”
Patrick Mudd, a senior golfer and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Secretary and Treasurer, was one of the many attendees of the seminar.
"I thought the training was very informative and I definitely learned that it was important to be cautious for yourself and your teammates when it comes to putting any kind of substance in your body,” Mudd said.
"I think we all walked away from the training knowing much more about dietary supplements, street drugs, and other banned substances and their effects on our bodies.”
Turpin's professional history includes more than 25 years as a collegiate athletics administrator and coach. She has been a frequent presenter on NCAA compliance issues, SWA professional growth, and has served on numerous conference and NCAA committees including the NCAA women's basketball rules committee, and is a past chair of the NCAA Division II women's basketball committee.