St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 26, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team will host a Green Dot match Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. against Greenville University to help promote WashU's Green Dot bystander proram.
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.
"The goal of RSVP's ongoing partnership with Athletics in promoting Green Dot is to raise awareness of the power of community intervention and demonstrate an intolerance of power based personal violence," said RSVP Director Kim Webb. "Athletic events are wonderful community based opportunities to engage everyone in the work of violence prevention."
Fans will also be able to create their own Green Dot statements to post throughout the Field House. Free t-shirts, mini volleyballs, candy, beanies and cell phone wallets promoting Green Dot and Athletics will also be given out during Tuesday night's match.
"This partnership between WashU Athletics and RSVP showcases the power of both collaboration and sports," shared Anthony J. Azama, the John M. Schael Director of Athletics. "The joint effort brings awareness and action to an issue that needs more attention now than ever before."
Fans are encouraged to support the Tuesday night event by wearing green.
"Any type of violence should never be tolerated," added head volleyball coach Vanessa Walby. "Having the confidence to speak up or take action to help your community is extremely important. WashU volleyball would like to team up and show our support in Green Dot. We don't want to be bystanders, we want to help make people aware and help take action."