We’ve talked about stickers and shoelaces, but how about bringing awareness to Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAPM) through your socks? Five high school basketball teams in East Hampton, New York have taken this forgotten footwear and made it a showpiece.
These high school teams have partnered with The Retreat, a domestic violence services agency, to help draw attention to dating abuse. Basketball players will be donning purple knee-high socks with The Retreat’s logo printed on the side for all home games during the month of February.
“As leaders in the school, athletes have the power to set the bar,” said Cristina Horan, an educator at The Retreat, in an interview with the Southampton Patch. “In wearing purple socks today, the boy’s basketball team is making it known that violence will not be tolerated in their school.”
The basketball players hope that by making this change all of the people who attend their games will take notice of this important issue.
Just like changing your shoelaces, putting on colorful socks is a quick and inexpensive way to make a big impact. If you wear purple socks you can catch the attention of your friends, family and classmates.
Partial to your toe socks? Don’t wear socks at all? That’s ok! You can still participate. You can wear a purple shirt or purple pants or purple jewelry. Your fashion statement can be a social statement and when people ask you about your unique socks you can tell them all about TDVAPM.
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