With the start of a new academic year, MEDLIFE is aiming to bring their mission to NSU’s Davie campus. The medical mission-focused club is introducing Project AA, an event that strives to bring awareness to the dangers of alcoholism. Education and awareness play key roles in preventing addiction; MEDLIFE will implant both into Project AA.
Project AA, which is scheduled to take place in the Flight Deck Backyard on September 15 from 4-9 p.m., is a double elimination water pong tournament. Students are invited to compete in the tournament in teams of two or three with the third member being a substitute. The cost to enter the tournament is $20, and students are encouraged to sign their team up on the MEDLIFE NSU Facebook page. All of the proceeds from the event will go to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). By hosting this event, MEDLIFE hopes to show students that you can have a good time without alcohol.
“We want to bring medicine, development and education to the local community as well as campus, and alcoholism and drug dependency are some of the biggest problems in our country, so it’s something that we feel we can really target here,” Nadia Siddiqi, MEDLIFE president, explained. “Not only do we want to focus on alcohol awareness, but also on decreasing the stigma associated with alcoholism.”
The idea for the event stems from the issues with alcohol addiction that the U.S. faces every day. MEDLIFE is looking to impact the students in a meaningful way, while still keeping the event interesting for students.
“I think that alcoholism is a really big problem in our country, especially in our age group,” Christy Abraham, MEDLIFE vice president, said. “I feel like this kind of event will draw attention to that, and it’s a great way to not only have fun but also make sure that the cause is being noticed.”
MEDLIFE encourages all students and faculty to come out to Project AA and show their support, whether they are part of a competing team or not. Refreshments will be provided, as well as educational experiences for all attendees.