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YC Athletes & Police Team Up to Provide Training in Area Schools

10 May 2019   Tim Diesch

Yavapai College Athletes and Police Department Team Up to Provide Training in Area Schools

Yavapai College student-athletes and the Yavapai College Police Department recently partnered with MATFORCE to present an awareness program on the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes to area high school and middle school students. 

Student-athletes from all four YC athletic programs assisted in providing the training.

"It has been our pleasure to partner with MATFORCE, YCPD, and the local schools in presenting this important information," said YC Athletic Director Brad Clifford, who led efforts to involve the student-athletes.  "Our student-athletes have enjoyed the experience. This is an important aspect of our role as collegiate student-athletes, to serve as role models to area youth."

A total of 395 students grades 7-12 at Prescott High School and Mile High Middle School received the hour-long training, which encourages young people to make safe decisions and healthy choices. 

MATFORCE Executive Director Merilee Fowler recently reported that they have received requests for additional presentations of this type for the fall of 2019.

"The Y.C. student-athletes did a great job with this training" said Fowler, who added "We greatly value our wonderful partnership with Yavapai College."

Yavapai College has six locations in Yavapai County, including campuses in Prescott and Clarkdale, and centers in Chino Valley, Sedona, Prescott Valley, and near the Prescott Airport. To learn more about the college, visit