Team One Love Week Hits Baltimore, Oct. 12-18
By Paul Ohanian
One in three women and one in four men will experience relationship violence in their lifetime. Those are the grim statistics cited by the One Love Foundation, which is committed to changing those numbers through education and advocacy.
Founded in 2010 to honor the memory of Yeardley Love, a lacrosse player at the University of Virginia, One Love works with young people across the country to raise awareness about the warning signs of abuse. The goal is to change the social climate that currently enables abuse to take place, and ultimately, to change the sobering statistics around relationship violence.
This week, the Foundation is concentrating its efforts on the city of Baltimore with a program called Team One Love Week. Each day, the One Love Foundation is hosting a different event in and around Baltimore, culminating with events on Friday and Saturday related to the Baltimore Running Festival and on Sunday with a youth lacrosse clinic. (See full schedule here).
With US Lacrosse committed to creating a safe sport culture, forging a partnership with the One Love Foundation seemed like a national alliance, and US Lacrosse is working with One Love to promote its nationally recognized programs to positively impact the lacrosse community. For more information about One Love’s powerful Escalation workshop, please visit www.joinonelove.org.
“We believe that creating educational opportunities and stimulating important conversation on this issue among students and adults can empower both men and women to be catalysts for change in their communities,” said Melissa Coyne, director of games administration at US Lacrosse.