NEW LONDON, Conn.--For the fourth year in a row, the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team is raising awareness about the "Green Dot" program, a campus initiative to prevent power-based personal violence through bystander intervention.
The Green Dot Hockey Game will be hosted by the Camels this Saturday, Feb. 7, when the team hosts Tufts University for a 7 p.m. game in Dayton Arena.
Connecticut College began implementing the Green Dot program in 2010. Through Green Dot, 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. A Green Dot logo has been placed in the ice, and spectators who have completed the Green Dot training are being asked to wear their Green Dot t-shirts to Saturday night's game. 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.
Will Leedy a senior from Farmers Branch, Texas, is looking forward to Saturday night's game and raising awareness about the Green Dot program. "This is one of my favorite games of the year," Leedy said. "It's a game we as a team can easily get excited about because not only are we playing this game for a great cause but the support we receive during the game is second to none. The team has been talking about this game since the beginning of the season. This is truly a special night for our team because we get to support and raise awareness about a great program in the Green Dot. It is a special privilege to wear our Green Dot jerseys and something we look forward to and supporting as best we can."
Darcie Folsom, director of sexual violence prevention and advocacy at Connecticut College, is looking forward to Saturday night's game as well.
"It is hard to believe this is the fourth annual Green Dot Hockey Game," Folsom said. "The commitment of the team has been extraordinary from day one, and I am always amazed at the dedication of not only the hockey team, but our Green Dot grads, and our campus community when it comes to supporting the Green Dot initiative. This game has been a true testament to the fact that we can change culture; we've seen it happen since we started implementing the Green Dot Bystander Intervention Program in the fall of 2010 and was strengthened when the men's ice hockey team took on such a huge role by starting the Green Dot Hockey Game in February 2012. I'm so proud to be watching many of these guys who played in the first Green Dot Game their freshman year now playing in their last one. Their excitement for this game is palpable; from their initiative, a huge wave of support has come from Athletics including Green Dot games hosted by the women's lacrosse team, men's soccer team and the volleyball team. It is hard not to be inspired by the students on this campus as they make a difference in our community, one Green Dot at a time."
The Green Dot program is part of the College's broader Think S.A.F.E. Project that Folsom manages. Originally developed and funded in 2010 through a three-year, $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. When the three-year Department of Justice grant work was completed in 2013, the College took on this important commitment with support from College funds, and named Folsom to her current position.