April 3, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State softball team will host its Fifth Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Night with the "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" event at its WAC home opener vs. Nevada on April 4th at Bulldog Diamond. The night is in the honor and memory of Fresno State head softball coach Margie Wright's sister who was a victim.
"This is a special night for me because of losing my sister and I want to raise awareness so that no other family has to go through what my family has," said head softball coach Margie Wright.
Fresno State softball is teaming up with the Marjaree Mason Center and the Fresno State Violence Prevention Project to help prevent domestic violence. The night's events begin at 5 p.m. in the Free Speech Area on the campus of Fresno State.
"The Marjaree Mason Center is thrilled to continue its relationship with Fresno State Softball," said Justin Red, the Communications Coordinator at the Marjaree Mason Center.
At that time, walkers can sign in for the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event and survivors or those who have been impacted or lost loved ones to domestic violence and/or sexual assault will be able to share their stories.
"We want to send the message to let people know that everyone has the right to live a healthy lifestyle and we want them to be aware of the resources available for them to turn to if they need help," said Mica Vargas, the Coordinator of the Violence Prevention Project. "No one deserves to live a life of domestic violence."
All participants of the walk will begin in the Free Speech Area and conclude at Bulldog Diamond prior to the first pitch at 6:07 p.m.
"On the field, sometimes all you need is a walk to get you home safe," said Red. "We hope this walk will do the same for victims of domestic violence: get them home safe."
Tables will be set up on the concourse at Bulldog Diamond with information on domestic violence from the University Police and the Fresno Police Department.
"We want to reach out and rally the community to take action to show support to all those affected by sexual assault and/or domestic violence," said Vargas. "It's really hard to understand a victim/survivor's experience because we have not walked in their shoes. This is a fun event that will provide prevention education as well as giving the community an opportunity to discuss this difficult topic."
Monetary donations will be accepted at the entrance to the park and will go to the Marjaree Mason Center and the Women's Resource Center. Pillows, twin-sized sheets and towels will also be accepted to benefit the Marjaree Mason Center.
To contact the Women's Resource Center call (559) 278-5696.
"I feel it is our responsibility when coaching young women to make sure we educate other young women about domestic violence," said Wright.
"Join the State- Fresno State!" - For tickets log on to www.gobulldogs.com or call (559) 278-DOGS.
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