Epic Risk Management provides gambling harm awareness program for NCAA

August 8, 2023
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University of Michigan hosted a two day visit to bring awareness to gambling harms.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the latest institution to provide the Epic Risk Management program - in partnership with Entain Foundation US - which focuses on minimizing gambling-related harm for the benefit of student-athletes. For this, Epic went to the University of Michigan to share their experience with gambling harm.

Epic delivers harm minimization programs, independently accredited training and advice to help those involved in the sports betting realm to minimize the risks proposed by gambling harm.

Across a two-day visit to the University of Michigan, Epic’s Head of Delivery, Mark Potter shared his experience of gambling harm that happened within professional sport. Potter spoke to around 170 student-athletes and university staff members, across five sessions to advise about not gambling beyond your means and, to be aware of pitfalls that can come from overlooking regulations.

Since being founded in 2013, Epic has also worked with the likes of Chelsea FC, Arsenal FC, Manchester City FC and more to provide gambling harm awareness education in professional sports.

Danielle Davison, Assistant Athletic Director at the NCAA, explained, “With the growing popularity of sports betting and the legalization across different states and the access to student-athletes these days, it's definitely been a key component of our educational efforts.

Paul Buck, CEO of Epic said, “We partner with Entain Foundation US who have proactively provided funding to ensure that we can come face-to-face to colleges such as the University of Michigan as part of the 75 colleges that we visit throughout the country each year.

“Fundamentally, that funding is important. This kind of education is better face-to-face than it is digitally. For them to be able to provide that funding for our team creates a really ground-breaking program.”

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