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A.C. Green's Game Plan Abstinence Program, Scott Phelps and Libby Gray, Project Reality, 2001, 76 pps., $12.00

Game Plan is an excellent new tool for abstinence educators in their battle to preserve the innocence of our children. In an age of relentless sexual imagery in the media and society as well as in most sex education classes, this upbeat, positive curriculum provides welcome relief.

Game Plan was developed in cooperation with basketball star A.C. Green of the Miami Heat, known as the "Ironman of the NBA" because he holds the record for the most consecutive games played - more than 1,150 and counting. Green is a longtime advocate of abstinence until marriage, and this program is based on his personal insights and "rules."

"A.C. is an outstanding role model because of his dedication to promoting abstinence as the healthiest lifestyle for today's youth," said Project Reality Director Kathleen Sullivan. "Our team effort with A.C. in publishing and distributing this text will help thousands of young Americans develop a 'game plan' for their lives, making it possible for them to mature both emotionally and physically and to achieve their goals and dreams."

The eight-session curriculum - including student workbooks and a teacher's manual - uses sports themes to promote the benefits of abstinence until marriage. It begins by inviting students to list their goals in making "a game plan for life." Succeeding chapters deal with sex in the media, the "rules of the game" - why boundaries matter, the risks and consequences of sex before marriage, "halftime" - planning for the future regardless of what's already taken place in a student's life, developing healthy relationships, and "winning it all" in the good and worthy goal of marriage. Students are encouraged to take the "Abstinence Pledge" and make it work. (Studies have shown that teens who take this pledge are at less risk of pregnancy and STDs.)

Game Plan is written by Project Reality's Scott Phelps and Libby Gray, both veterans in the field of abstinence education and adolescent health. They use interesting true story vignettes to bring their abstinence messages to life.

Based on thousands of hours of classroom instruction and interaction with teens, Game Plan is recommended for grades eight through 10.

Contact Project Reality, P.O. Box 97, Golf, IL 60029-0097, 847/729-3298, www.ProjectReality.org

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