CSUN Athletics and NCAA Educational Affairs

Aug. 26, 2010

Northridge, Calif. - Nearly 400 Cal State Northridge student-athletes representing all 18 Matador sports were in attendance this week to hear the first in a series of guest speakers talk about important issues that encompass all student-athletes both on the playing field and in the classroom.

Cal State Northridge was recently awarded a $2,000 grant from the NCAA. The NCAA Educational Affairs Grant awards up to $2,000 to NCAA member institutions and conference offices to fund student-athlete development and health and safety related programming.

The first guest speaker coincided with the start of the school year at Cal State Northridge. Elaine Pasqua, a nationally-recognized speaker, addressed the large group at The Matador about high-risk behaviors, such as high-risk drinking, sexual assault and sexual responsibility. Her goal, during the 90-minute speech, was to provide personal empowerment to students to make healthy choices.

Bonnie Murphy, CSUN's women's golf head coach, was in attendance along with her Matador golf team, and came away impressed.

"Elaine had the full attention of the student-athletes in talking about her life experiences, and her passion to positive influence students," said Murphy. "Her presentation was informative, dramatic and fun. I think our student-athletes learned a lot from her personal experiences."

Pasqua has been featured in numerous media outlets including USA Today. She has spoken at several hundred colleges and universities including Notre Dame, Pepperdine, Temple, Tulane and USC.

"Coaches from every sports program were also in attendance validating the importance of Elaine's topics," said Janet Pinneau, CSUN Associate Athletics Director/SWA, who organized the event. "A great responsibility comes with being a Northridge student-athlete, and Elaine provided a tremendous amount of information to help our student-athletes make responsible decisions about their lives as Matadors."