LARAMIE – University of Wyoming student-athletes are taking a stand against sexual violence. In a one-minute video to premiere on War Memorial Stadium’s video board at halftime of Saturday’s Wyoming vs. San Jose State football game, Cowboy and Cowgirl student-athletes will voice their pledge to stand up against sexual violence.
A total of 23 UW student-athletes, plus members of the UW Spirit Squad are represented in the video, which was shot at 22 different locations.
In addition to the student-athletes featured in the video, all Cowboy and Cowgirl student-athletes were presented a UW Student-Athlete Pledge Against Violence to sign at the start of this academic year.
“Without question, student-athletes on college campuses across this country have unique status and influence with their fellow students, university community and often, donors and boosters,” said Julie Manning, UW Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator. “We wanted to use the influence our student-athletes have to, in our own way, join the movement of zero tolerance against violence and in particular against sexual violence.”
“This video is a very timely piece, and I want to congratulate our student-athletes for the stand they are taking against sexual violence,” said Tom Burman, UW Director of Athletics. “I believe it sends the right message to the community at large, and it shows that our student-athletes are willing to take an active role in becoming leaders for the UW campus community as a whole.
“I also want to commend our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and our athletics department staff members for the leadership role they are taking in engaging all of our student-athletes about important issues such as this.”
Another initiative that UW Athletics introduced this fall to better educate its student-athletes on sexual violence was to bring in guest speaker Byron Hurt, who is a published writer and lecturer on the subjects of gender and sexual violence awareness and prevention.
Production of the one-minute video grew out of UW Athletics SADDLE Personal Development Program for the 2014-15 academic year. The SADDLE Program is designed for UW student-athletes’ total experience and includes: personal development, service, leadership development, networking and engagement-skill development opportunities.
One of the six pillars of this program is titled Experiential Based Leadership, and along with several other initiatives related to education and awareness of sexual violence/assault, the one-minute video was created and produced.