Message from Vermont Department of Health
January 29, 2003
Dear Vermont Voltage Patrons,
It is with great enthusiasm that I share with you the outcomes of a remarkable partnership between the Vermont Voltage and the Vermont Department of Health Tobacco Control Program. As we embark on our fourth year of program implementation, we have seen results and are confident that our campaign towards the elimination of tobacco use among young people is effective. The Voltage has proven to be a champion in the fight against tobacco abuse.
This partnership is a comprehensive one, utilizing a multifaceted approach. Through a contract with the State of Vermont, the Vermont Voltage display anti-tobacco logos on game jerseys and banners on the playing field. The team has posed for posters with anti-tobacco ads, included the important "Tobacco Free" message in game-day programs, through public service announcements at the games, and even on official letterhead. New this year, we've teamed up to provide coaches with information about keeping their players tobacco free through regional coaching clinics. The Tobacco Control Program is also sponsoring the indoor soccer league which gives young people the opportunity to improve their skills during the cold winter months.
That's a lot of "tobacco free" messaging, I know. What better way to get a positive message to our kids than through the incredible role models on the team? These guys go to Vermont schools and speak at assemblies and other community gatherings about the importance of being tobacco free. They are able to speak frankly to the kids about their own struggles and pressures to remain tobacco free and the successes that they've experienced due to their dedication. Kids listen.intently. They can't get enough of what Voltage players have to say. The collaboration that the Vermont Voltage and the Vermont Department of Health Tobacco Control Program have is critical to keeping young people from using tobacco.
Vermont is lucky to have the Voltage. They care about the health of Vermonters. This summer when there's a game at the Collins Perley Complex in St. Albans, take the whole family. I guarantee you'll have a good time, even if you're not a big soccer fan. There's a lot more to the games than that. Besides, the Vermont Voltage has earned our support!
With Best Regards,
Vermont Department of Health
2002 Vermont Voltage