- The NFLPA has signed a two-year deal with EPIC Risk Management and GVC Foundation US to create a program that gives former players access to sessions about problem gambling.
- Former NFL players such as Amani Toomer will also be teaching these programs.
- GVC Foundation US and EPIC Risk Management have partnered with a Harvard Medical school to research the relationship between elite athletes and bad gambling habits.
NEW YORK – The NFL Players Association has created a new program to tackle issues such as problem gambling that many professional athletes have suffered from.
The two year deal between NFLPA Professional Athletes Foundation, EPIC Risk Management, and GVC Foundation US will provide live and virtual educational programs for members of the NFLPA.
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The gambling harm minimization consultancy, EPIC Risk Management, and the responsible gambling nonprofit organization, GVC Foundation US have teamed up to create content that is tailored to meet the needs of former NFL players.
“This is the first program that the NFLPA/PAF has ever run on problem gambling education and awareness,” said Andre Collins, Executive Director of the NFLPA Professional Athletes Foundation. “As the first major professional sports league in the U.S. to undertake this project, we’re proud to tackle this issue head-on. We urge all sports leagues to address problem gambling with the seriousness it deserves.”
This opportunity will allow these former players who are at a high risk of struggling with legal sports betting addiction to attend sports integrity and responsible gambling sessions that are presented by former athletes as well.
Former New York Giants wide receiver, Amani Toomer, is a trustee for GVC Foundation US and will help give these lessons with EPIC Risk Management.
“Professional athletes are highly susceptible to problematic gambling behavior,” said Toomer. “Educating these former players on how to gamble responsibly and act with integrity is a crucial step forward for all sports.”
Both GCV and EPIC have also partnered with a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital named the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance to undergo research into professional athletes and their relationship with gambling issues.
Former players of the National Football League have long dealt with this hidden addiction and will now have a chance to get facts, help, and instructions on how to overcome the dangers of gambling.
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