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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Soccer team goes purple

  • Support for Domestic Violence
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  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and one local sports team is showing their support.
    The Western Wayne High School boy's soccer team is wearing purple laces at every game this month in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
    "Denise Larson from the Victims Intervention Program contacted me and asked if we'd be interested in taking part," said head coach Matt Fitzsimmons. "I said we'd be happy to."
    The team was first given the purple laces at their Oct. 1 game.
    "It was funny because we were playing Wallenpaupack that day," Fitzsimmons said. "The team was more than willing to do this. They were changing their laces on the bus ride to the game."
    He said that notices were sent out to the team's parents, informing them of what they were doing.
    "There's been a lot of positive feedback," he stated. "I think it's nice to do these kind of things. They're a great group of kids."
    Fitzsimmons said that he didn't know a lot about domestic violence and that participating with purple laces gave him awareness.
    "I feel that it's opened the eyes of the players," he said. "They're learning there's more to the world and that it's not just about doing good in chemistry. I think that any time we can make the students aware of something different it's a good thing. I'm extremely proud of the team."
    Fitzsimmons feels that this has been positive, "especially with a boys team."
    "It's helping them become aware and they are starting to understand it," he said.
    At the last two away games, the team will also be sporting black socks with pink ribbons and pink stripes in the back in support of breast cancer, which also has October as its awareness month.
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