St. Mary's Athletics Hosts One Love Escalation Workshop

2017 One Love Escalation Workshop
2017 One Love Escalation Workshop

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

St. Mary's City, Md. – This past Sunday, St. Mary's College of Maryland had the privilege and honor of hosting a One Love Foundation Escalation Workshop at the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics and Recreation Center.

Escalation is a powerful, emotionally-engaging 90-minute film based workshop that educates your community about relationship violence and empowers you to work for change. The workshop is research based and facilitated by students. There was a great turnout for the workshop as all 19 varsity sports were represented.

"The One Love Escalation Workshop on Sunday evening was an example of excellent teamwork between many individuals and several different offices on our campus, in conjunction with the One Love Foundation. I was very pleased to see over 300 student-athletes, coaches, and staff in attendance and engaged in the important and very real issue of relationship violence," stated Director of Athletics & Recreation Scott Devine. "The movie and discussion groups served as a starting point for continued conversation and action. I am proud of Megan for leading the way, and equally proud of all of our student-athletes for taking this topic on."

The workshop was organized by junior women's lacrosse player Megan Cannon (Reisterstown, Md./Notre Dame Prep) with help from the Department of Athletics & Recreation; Title IX Coordinator Michael Dunn; Kelly Muldoon, the sexual assault advocate at the St. Mary's Wellness Center; and Bridget Marshall, the community development coordinator at the One Love Foundation.

After the film, the group broke out into small discussion groups in which student facilitators helped lead talks regarding the film and any personal experiences in a safe environment free from judgment.

Cannon expressed, "I am so grateful and honored to have been a part of the One Love Escalation Workshop at St. Mary's College of Maryland. The athletic community is such an integral group on campus with the ability to spread awareness about relationship violence and to help end the epidemic of relationship violence. The video and small group discussions were powerful guides in beginning and continuing the conversation on our campus. I look forward to the change that will come from this fantastic event …"

The Seahawk women's lacrosse program will continue to bring awareness by hosting a One Love game on March 22nd against McDaniel College at 4:00 p.m.

"It was an honor to be able to bring back the One Love Escalation Workshop to the SMCM athletic community. The One Love Foundation is close to our hearts as a women's lacrosse team. We are committed to continuing the conversation on dating violence and being a part of the community that strives to put an end to it. I was so proud of every student-athlete who was an active member of the workshop that night. It is a testament to the mission of the One Love to keep Yeardley's memory alive," added Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Erin McDonnell.

ABOUT ONE LOVE: One Love was founded in 2010 to honor Yeardley Love, a UVA student who was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend just weeks before their graduation. After her death, Yeardley's friends and family were shocked to learn the statistics about relationship violence and to realize that no one knew how at risk Yeardley really was. Today, One Love honors Yeardley by working with young people across the country to raise awareness about the warning signs of abuse and activate communities to work to change the statistics around relationship violence. For more information, please visit joinonelove.org.

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