St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 19, 2015 – The Washington University in St. Louis football team will be wearing special-edition green jerseys Saturday vs. Millsaps College to promote WashU's Green Dot bystander intervention program.
WashU Athletics is partnering with the Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center on campus to raise awareness and education about the importance of creating a community where violence is not tolerated.
"It's all of our responsibility to know about, promote and practice bystander intervention -- and it's really exciting to see the athletics department taking a leadership role in promoting this message alongside Green Dot," said Austin Sweeney, WashU's Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention Specialist. "I've been inspired by our partnership with the football and cheerleading teams, and Associate Director of Athletics Sara Burton. We think the Green Dot Game will be a unique and innovative way to engage the WashU community and raise awareness around violence prevention."
The Green Dot Program strategy empowers everyone to play a part in creating a culture of respect. The one-of-a-kind game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off to support campus programming and services via RSVP and the campus Green Dot Program.
"Kim Webb, Director of the RSVP Center, and Austin Sweeney are tremendous advocates for our students. I see the Green Dot game as a visible opportunity to demonstrate our collective commitment to being agents of change on behalf of the members of our community," Burton said. "It's encouraging to be surrounded by student-athletes and coaches who are ardent in their efforts to create a culture of upstanders at WashU. "
In addition to the silent auction for the game-worn jerseys, fans are encouraged to participate by wearing green for Saturday's game as part of a "Green Out" in the stands. Fans will also be able to create their own Green Dot statements to post in the stadium.