LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell football captains Abdullah Anderson, Joey DeFloria, Mark Pyles and Ben Richard volunteered at Transitions of PA’s second-annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Sunday morning at Hufnagle Park.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is the international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Transitions of PA’s event was inclusive, so men, women and children of all ages marched in high heels around downtown Lewisburg.
The Bison captains showed their support by handing out t-shirts and goodie bags to registered walkers and supporters. They also cheered on the walkers as they began their one-mile journey.
“It’s a great thing for us to be able to get involved,” Richard said. “We all have mothers, sisters, cousins and friends, and it’s important for us to stand with them so we can put an end to rape and sexual assault.”
Added Anderson: “It’s a great message for us as a football team and for the whole country to stop sexual assault. [It's great] to be part of this great foundation to help women across the country. We always need to love and respect each other.”
Head coach Joe Susan said Sunday’s event is just the beginning of his team’s relationship with Transitions of PA, a crisis center based in Lewisburg that serves Union, Snyder, and Northumberland counties. According to its website, Transitions of PA’s mission is to provide advocacy, empowerment and education to victims, survivors, families and communities to end patterns of violence and abuse.
“We’re fortunate to be able to develop an affiliation with Transitions,” Susan said. “We look forward to assisting in their efforts to support women who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The young men on our team are in a position where they must take on the challenge of leadership. As our relationship grows, we’ll serve to help educate others in the efforts of this special group.”