I recognize some of you will choose to attend the Foxfield Races in Albemarle County this Saturday. If you do choose to attend, I urge you to be smart about your own safety and that of your friends. Please be aware of the following safety efforts coordinated by your peers on the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) in conjunction with the Class of 2018 Trustees, the UVA Alumni Association, Hoos Got Your Back, the Inter-Fraternity Council, the Inter-Sorority Council, and the Peer Health Educators.
- Savvy Fox Safety Pledge: Sign the pledge committing to look out for your friends and to practice safe drinking habits if you choose to drink alcohol. The first 1,200 students who sign the pledge and come to our tabling locations will receive a free Foxfield T-shirt. More information about tabling times and locations can be found on the Student Health website.
- ADAPT Student Tent: Visit the ADAPT tent at Foxfield on the gravel road, near plot A-50 to grab some snacks, water, sunscreen, and free wristbands to help keep track of your plot number. See the Foxfield map on the ADAPT website. Tip: Screenshot this map before you get to the races, as cell service can sometimes be unreliable.
- Catering Guide: Review the catering guide to make sure your group has enough food to last the entire day.
- Foxfield Transportation Options: Plan in advance for safe transportation. Uber, Lyft, and Yellow Cab of Charlottesville will pick up and drop off at the Main Pedestrian Entrance Tent.
Foxfield is not a UVA-sponsored event. The only official UVA presence includes a student tent hosted by UVA's ADAPT peer educators. As in past years, there will be a significant law enforcement presence on the roads leading to Foxfield, and within the event grounds. These uniformed officers, in conjunction with a private public safety team, will focus on providing a safe environment for all spectators, assisting individuals in need of help, and deterring and responding to illegal activity. Foxfield has posted information for students on its website.
The below infographic provides important tips on getting medical help, looking out for your friends, and getting home safely.
Please enjoy the Foxfield Races, but also be smart, think about your personal safety, and watch out for one another.
Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students
A text-only document is available at https://studenthealth.virginia.edu/safe-foxfield-races-campaign.