Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Wooster Athletes Advocate Against Domestic Abuse

Sports Illustrated's year end issue features eight Wooster male student-athletes who volunteer regularly at Every Woman’s House, a domestic violence shelter for women and children in Wayne County.

The student-athletes are part of the Wooster group Men Working for Change, which has a goal of promoting and raising awareness to stop the cycle of violence against women. The student-athletes attend local middle and high schools to talk about healthy relationships and dating violence; they have hosted a radio show and have carried out similar campaigns on the Wooster campus. The athletes also help women move in and out of the shelter and assist with office work.

What is unique about the athletes is that few males are willing to volunteer for the shelter. According to Geoffrey Martin, the Community Education coordinator at Every Woman's House, some men are afraid of being seen as abusers who are performing court-ordered community service. But the Wooster athletes show no such fear.

The players pictured in the SI issue are: football players Keith Adams, Jeff Dauer, Jeff Geffert, Ben Schrock, Trey Simmerman, and Dan Sommers, as well as baseball team member Jake Sankal and Ricky Giavonette, a student supervisor for operations in the athletic department.

To see the complete Sports Illustrated article, click here (pdf). Wooster also features a story on the student-athletes on its athletic page.

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