SASI (Student Athlete Summer Institute)

SASI is a prevention program that targets teams of student athletes enrolled in grades 10, 11, and 12 in North Carolina’s public high schools.  The curriculum includes activities centered on leadership development, effective teamwork, and lifelong skills for healthy living.  Click to download brochure.

Athletes are selected by their coaches and teachers and participate in a summer residential program followed by a variety of leadership activities held during the school year.  Students selected should have leadership potential and an average or above academic record.  A coach sponsor assumes responsibility for the SASI team.


SASI participants will learn about the following:

  • Detrimental effects of alcohol and other drugs
  • Appropriate peer interactions in a variety of settings
  • Peer empowerment
    • Methods of empowerment with anticipated outcomes
  • Positive role model influence
    • Group discussions of how to be a positive role model with young children and peers
  • Effective leadership skills
    • Instruction in leadership skills with activities for applying skills
  • Goal setting and planning
    • Opportunity to design an action plan to take a stand against risk behaviors at home, school, and in the community

My SASI Region

Each SASI region is composed of North Carolina counties. Please refer to the list below, which lists counties where schools are located. 

Central SASI


Director:  Teresa Coleman (
Counties: Anson, Bladen, Brunswick, Cabarrus, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, New Hanover, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland, Stanly, Union

Mountain SASI


Director:  Dawn Lowe (
Counties: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Davie, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Iredell, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yancey

Piedmont SASI


Directors:  Heather Holt ( and Rachel Davis ( 
Counties:  Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Granville, Guilford, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stokes, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wilson, Yadkin

Southeast SASI

June 23 – 26, 2022

Director:  Kenesha Simmons (
Counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Gates, Greene, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Sampson, Tyrell, Washington, Wayne

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"It was an excellent blend of fun and education!"