The National Council on Problem Gambling has revealed that $120,000 in funding is to be awarded to three grant recipients as part of the latest Agility Grant support of problem gambling prevention programs.
This will first see the Freedom House of Mecklenburg, in partnership with the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, integrate problem gambling prevention lessons into a curriculum taught to approximately 20,000 seventh graders across 49 middle schools.
Elsewhere, Ohio in Arabic will receive support for ‘Let Me Tell You Why,’ a new bilingual awareness campaign designed to reach Arab youths and their families across Ohio. This aims to raise awareness of the dangers of problem gambling and reduce the stigma.
Finally, Volunteers of America Oregon will gain funding to develop a peer driven problem gambling prevention campaign targeting high school and college-age student athletes.
“Problem gambling among youth has emerged as a significant and growing public health issue. Research has shown that prevention strategies produce the greatest impact,” said Keith Whyte, NCPG Executive Director.
“We applaud the recipients of these Agility Grants for working to address problem gambling at the source and hope that this support will increase their impact on the community.”
The Agility Grant program is in part made possible by a multimillion-dollar, multi-year commitment from the National Football League, with additional support from FanDuel, to NCPG as part of the League’s public awareness program designed to educate fans to engage in sports betting responsibly
The program will award more than $1m dollars over three years to establish and expand problem gambling prevention efforts across the country
“We’re proud to support the NCPG’s important work through this unique program which aims to combat problem gambling, particularly in young adults and adolescents,” added Anna Isaacson, Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility at the NFL.
“These Agility Grants will provide critical funds to three very worthy organisations who share our desire to curb problem gambling through proactive outreach and education.”