Life of an Athlete

Life of an Athlete (LoA) is a program implemented through the NHIAA. It is a comprehensive prevention program which uses the intrinsic value of athletics to empower and motivate students to drive a cultural shift related to Alcohol and other Drugs in the school and community. Central's chapter of Life of an Athlete is among the largest and most active in the state and is also identified as Life of a Little Green Athlete.

LoA fosters partnership and collaborations within the school and community to support and sustain substance misuse prevention efforts through five core components:

  1. CODES OF CONDUCT: develop and consistently enforce policies based on the principles of the Restorative Justice model.

  2. PRE-SEASON MEETINGS: develop and incorporate clear messages about the impact of lifestyle choices on athletic performance into existing meetings.

  3. COACH ENGAGEMENT: skill-building for coaches to positively confront behaviors of concern, to model healthy behavior, and to incorporate messages in regular team communications pertaining to the impact of lifestyle choices on mental and physical performance communication.

  4. STUDENT LEADERSHIP: skill-building for youth to positively confront behaviors of concern, to model healthy behavior, and to reinforce messages from their coach on the impact lifestyle choices have on mental and physical performance.

  5. STAKEHOLDER UNITY: build community support for healthy choices as well as adopt and consistently enforce model policies.

To learn more about the NHIAA and the NH Life of an Athlete program, click here.

Life of an Athlete

LoA Featured on WMUR 6/14 — Jun 14, 2018 3:14:17 PM

Public Service Announcement featuring LoA members wins Emmy — Jun 14, 2018 1:53:39 PM

Athletics Banner Restoration Project — Jun 14, 2018 1:43:11 PM


Life of a Little Green Athlete has teamed up with the Central Archives for the Banner Archives Restoration Project. As part of this project, a Silent Auction was held to sell old championship banners and over $2,800 was raised. The funds raised through this auction and through other generous donations will be used to establish new banners in the gymnasium including all championship banners across all sports since Central's opening.

Click here to read the Union Leader article about the project.

The project is still welcoming donations. If you would like to donate, please contact Jane Clayton at

2017-2018 Projects

September 2017

  • Freshman Orientation Volunteers

  • Life of a Little Green Training Field Trip

October 2017

  • Chris Herren Project - Project Purple

  • Freshman Advisory Lessons

  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock DEA 360 Project

  • Drug Take Back Day

  • State of Addiction TV Special Panel

  • Red Ribbon Week

November 2017

  • LoA Traning for Freshmen

  • Banner Restoration Project begins

  • Youth Collaborative with Middle Schools

January 2018

  • Vaping training for members

  • LoA posters completed and placed around the school

March 2018

  • Vaping Prevention presentation for 6th grade students at Hillside Middle School

  • Anti-vaping presentation to faculty

  • NHIAA/LoA State Conference

  • QC Bike Drive with West High School

April 2018

  • Vaping prevention presentations to Health classes