Connecticut College News
Men's hockey team to raise awareness about personal violence01/30/2013
The Connecticut College men's ice hockey team will dedicate their Feb. 1 game against Tufts University to raising awareness about the Green Dot program, a campus initiative to prevent power-based personal violence through bystander intervention. This is the second Green Dot hockey game, building on the success of last year’s game initiated by players on the team.
"The Green Dot program is about changing the culture, so students feel empowered to do something when they see warning signs that a friend or fellow student may need help," said Darcie Folsom, the College's coordinator of sexual violence education and advocacy. "In the training, we talk about reactive and proactive approaches — and it is amazing to see the hockey team taking this proactive approach."
During the game, the team will raffle off an official team jersey and fans can compete in the “Chuck a Puck” competition. All proceeds will benefit the College’s Green Dot program, through which students, faculty and staff are trained to help prevent power-based personal violence, including sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
The Green Dot program is part of the College's broader Think S.A.F.E. Project. Funded through a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women, the Think S.A.F.E. project addresses sexual assault, dating violence and stalking by integrating prevention, response training and education into the campus culture, building a community coalition and enhancing victim services.
Men’s ice hockey head coach Jim Ward said, "We have a great group of guys who understand the importance of something like this. They want to promote it, and I can't think of a better way to do it than to have everyone down on a Friday night for a hockey game."
The game is at 7 p.m. in Dayton Arena.