Educating New Mexico Athletes About Alcohol

New Mexico – Organizers of high school athletics in New Mexico want students across the nation to know Gabe Gurule's story.

A three-sport standout at Manzano High School in Albuquerque, Gurule lost his spot on the football team after he started drinking alcohol. That ended a flow of college scholarship letters from schools like Nebraska, Michigan and Notre Dame.

Today, he's serving an 8-year prison sentence after killing three people in a drunken driving crash early on Thanksgiving Day 2005.

Just in time for the fall sports season, Gurule's story anchors a new website aimed at educating high school athletes about the dangers of alcohol use.

It's called Life of an Athlete, and it's being praised by coaches and administrators.



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