NEW LONDON, Conn. -- For the second year in a row, the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team will dedicate the Friday, Feb. 1, game vs. Tufts University to raising awareness about the "Green Dot" program, a campus initiative to prevent power-based personal violence through bystander intervention. The game is at 7 p.m. in the Dayton Arena on the Connecticut College campus; admission is free.
Connecticut College is currently the only institution in the state that has implemented the Green Dot program, in which students, faculty and staff are trained to help prevent power-based personal violence, including sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
To raise awareness of the program and the importance of bystander intervention, players will use Green Dot Gear. Green Dot logo will be placed in the ice, and spectators who have completed the Green Dot training are being asked to wear their Green Dot t-shirts. During the game, fans will also have the opportunity to purchase pucks for a "Chuck a Puck" fundraiser that will benefit the Green Dot program.
"We're really excited for the opportunity to represent the Green Dot program this weekend during our games against Tufts," said junior defenseman Kevin Reich '14 of Montvale, New Jersey. "As a team, we fully support this bystander intervention program and have made a commitment towards making it a significant part of our team's culture. It's an honor to wear a third uniform dedicated to the Green Dot program, and we'd like to thank Coach Ward, Darcie Folsom, and Fran Shields for making it all possible. It will be a great weekend for our team, and for the Connecticut College community as a whole.
"I cannot thank the team enough for being such an amazing supporter of our program," said Darcie Folsom, Coordinator of Sexual Violence Education & Advocacy at Connecticut College. "When a couple of the players came to me last year to discuss their idea of sponsoring an event like this, we had no idea how successful it would be. It has become one of the Green Dot events that the students look forward to the most. That is what Green Dot is all about... creating a culture shift that is led by and for the students and I can't think of a better way than this."
Connecticut College's 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 and response training and education into the campus culture, building a community coalition and enhancing victim services.
"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 Folsom, "In the training, we talk about reactive and proactive approaches – and it is great to see the hockey team taking this proactive approach."
Head coach Jim Ward said he is very supportive of the program and proud of his team's effort in spreading the word about bystander intervention.
"We are excited once again to support and promote the Think SAFE project with the Green Dot Game," Ward said. "We now have 16 players who have taken the training course which better prepares them to give back to the Campus Community in a truly meaningful way. As a student driven initiative I am proud of our players who are participating in the program as it allows them grow as young men while helping others. We hope that there will be great turn out tomorrow night!"