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Taylor Hooton Foundation to Present to Wilmington University Student-Athletes on PEDs

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - Newark, Del.

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Wilmington University student-athletes during the spring 2013 Student-Athlete Appreciation Day BBQ at the WU Athletics Complex. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.

Among the on-going performance enhancing drug speculations going on at the professional level across the sports spectrum, Wilmington University is taking steps to bring awareness to its youth in athletics by bringing in the Taylor Hooten Foundation for a presentation on October 20.

The Taylor Hooten Foundation will speak to all the Wilmington University student-athletes on educating the youth and their adult influencers on the dangers of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs.

According to the foundation’s website, the Taylor Hooton Foundation was formed in memory of Taylor E. Hooton, a 17-year old high school athlete from Plano, Texas. Taylor took his own life on July 15, 2003, after using anabolic steroids. Taylor’s parents, family and friends founded the organization after learning of the growing number of middle school, high school and college students illegally using and abusing anabolic steroids, HGH (Human Growth Hormone), and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs (APEDs).

Human growth hormones and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs have been on the forefront of the news recently with the ongoing accusations associated in and around Major league Baseball, the National Football League, and the NCAA.

Below is a video depicting the numbers surrounding youth and the use of performance enhancing drugs.