With the start of college football’s bowl season just weeks away, teams are vying for bids to plum bowl games and fans are watching the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings to see which schools will play for championships and gridiron immortality. (I’m thinking Kansas State and Oregon will play for the title in January, though Alabama would beat either by double digits. Just sayin’).
Given the revelry surrounding road trips to bowl games (Bourbon Street for the Sugar Bowl, anyone?) it seems fitting that the makers of Trojan® condoms recently released the 7th annual Trojan® Sexual Health Report Card.
The Report Card rates the sexual health of BCS (and quite a few other) campuses nationally by grading student health centers based on hours of operation/ease of access; availability of condoms and other contraception; STI and HIV testing, resources for sexual assault victims; and quality of sexual health information available online. It’s a fun way to look at a serious issue (the double-entendre laced press release is especially worth a read this year. To wit: The Ivy Leaguers and Big Ten like It on Top).
Given the uninspiring efforts of their football teams this year, the aforementioned Ivy League and Big Ten conferences can take satisfaction as they hoist the trophy for having the best sexual health scores on their campuses. The University of Illinois took top honors, with Brown, Columbia, Princeton, and Wisconsin rounding out the Top Five. These top tier sexual health leagues were followed (in order) by the PAC-12, SEC, ACC, MAC, Big 12, Conference USA, Mountain West, Big East, WAC, and Sun Belt conferences.
Quoted in the press release, Trojan® Brand group product manager Mark Gromosaik said "Each year, we continue to see students and faculty use the Trojan Sexual Health Report Card as a valuable tool to shed light upon the importance of sexual health resources and to look for ways to improve."
Syracuse University was pointed out for having “outstanding” resources available through its sexual assault programs; New Mexico State made the largest jump, improving 51 places from 2011 (the Aggies are now ranked 83 of 141 schools).
As our football heroes clash under autumn skies, their grime-streaked faces contorted with the struggle of moving the elliptical-shaped pigskin across the goal….sorry, I always wanted to be a Sports Illustrated writer and that’s how they talk. Anyway, kudos to the schools that really make a point of reaching out to their students to talk about S-E-X and provide the services they need to stay healthy. Go team!