New Jersey Colleges Join in Responsible Gaming Program

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17 Feb 2021 10:59

New Jersey colleges and universities have joined in to participate in a national sports bettor and online casino player education program. The project’s aim is to help deliver a series of problem gaming awareness sessions among college-age young people.

NJ Colleges to join elite schools in the Program

The Entain Foundation U.S. and EPIC Risk Management recently announced the launch of a gaming and betting education in major U.S. colleges and universities, and New Jersey is included with the Garden State’s colleges joining a number of elite schools nationally.

In addition to NJ colleges, more than 40 educational institutions nationwide will participate including Fordham University, Harvard University, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), University of Oregon, and University of Utah, and a range of Mid-American Conference schools. Seton Hall University and Monmouth University are among the New Jersey schools participating.

The Entain Foundation US is funded by Entain PLC, the global gaming, entertainment and sports betting operator which jointly owns and provides the technology to drive BetMGM online sportsbook’s operations across New Jersey and the rest of the United States.

The goal and depth of the EPIC – Entain Responsible Gaming Commitment

Initially begun in March 2020, the EPIC and Entain Foundation US partnership and responsible gaming program is fully funded by Entain Foundation US and supplies an integral part of Entain’s commitment to invest $132 million over five years towards responsible gaming initiatives and to support people young and old that comprise the communities around the world where it’s gaming and sports betting brands operate.

So far, EPIC Risk Management and the Entain Foundation US have begun collaborations with both USA Rugby and the National Football League Players’ Association Professional Athletes Foundation (NFLPA PAF) and USA Rugby, in addition to the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, which has already started operations with Entain on a five-year research program to study and to better comprehend problematic and addictive behaviors.

John Millington, Vice President of Operations in the United States at EPIC Risk Management, begun by saying: “We are delighted to be able to work closely with colleges around the nation on this essential education and awareness program. There is a collective responsibility to ensure the minimization of potential gambling harms, and the promotion of player safety.

“Our collaboration with the Entain Foundation represents a key strategic piece of our prevention pillar, and it is great that so many organizations are recognizing the importance of education and awareness for this potentially high-risk population” Mr. Millington added.

Speaking for Entain and the Entain Foundation US, Martin Lycka, Senior Vice President for American Regulatory Affairs and Responsible Gambling, and Trustee explained: “We know from international experience that the most successful sports betting operators are also the most responsible. As legalized sports betting continues to expand in the US, education and responsible gaming is a top priority. We are excited to expand our partnership with EPIC to reach colleges across the country to educate young people.”

A College Opinion of the Program

While New Jersey schools were unavailable for comment, Shannon Raymond, Assistant Athletic Director for compliance at Fordham University in the Bronx NY said of the program;

“As part of our overall student development and wellbeing program, we see this as an extremely beneficial collaboration and are committed to ensuring our student-athletes learn from EPIC’s expertise to better understand how student-athletes can be susceptible to gambling harm.

”We look forward to learning how we can best support our student-athletes in this area with a long and successful partnership with EPIC.” Ms. Raymond explained.

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