From Feb. 2 through 5, the CU Collegiate Recovery Center (CUCRC) hosted over 185 students in recovery from 25 other colleges at the first-ever national Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) Skiathon: A Collegiate Recovery Leadership Summit held in Keystone, Colorado.
The ARHE Skiathon provided a unique opportunity for students in recovery at CU Boulder to connect with other sober students from around the country, to gain inspiration and leadership experience and enjoy an epic adventure in the Colorado Rockies celebrating life in recovery.
Over 200 students and staff attended, making it the largest gathering of students in recovery involved in collegiate recovery programs to date. CUCRC Program Manager Sam Randall was the event chair, along with 20 CUCRC students and two alumni who were there to help host and participate in the event. All had a great time connecting with students from across the country.
The program included a two-hour leadership workshop, guest speakers, recovery meetings and plenty of time hitting the slopes. Ten students and alumni also participated in a six-minute storytelling challenge on Saturday night, including CUCRC alumnus Robert Shearon.
Keynote speakers included Scott Strode, founder of Phoenix Multisport Mechie Scherpereel; a graduate of the Texas Tech University Collegiate Recovery Community and now alumni coordinator at The Ranch at Dove Tree; and Ariel Britt, a graduate of the University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program and program coordinator for the Kennesaw State Collegiate Recovery Community.