TOWSON, Md. (April 25, 2011) - Members of the Towson Athletic Department participated in the "Walk-A-Mile" event through campus on Wednesday, April 20. The "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event was a campus-wide demonstration to raise awareness about sexualized violence towards women.
The event asked men to done a pair of women's shoes and walk a mile in them. The thought is that asking men to wear a pair of women's shoes would subject them to the vulnerability, ridicule and violence that women face every day. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Led by Director of Athletics Mike Waddell, the Tiger athletic department had a strong showing to support the event. Head coach Rob Ambrose and members of the football coaching staff were on hand in addition to head coach Frank Olszewski and the men's soccer team. The coaching staff from volleyball, women's soccer and cross-country in addition to members of the facilities and event management staff participated as well.
"I think this is a great event for us to be a part of," said Waddell. "It's an important issue to be addressed and I hope our athletes see the role they play as ambassadors to the Towson community and help get that message out."The event started on the Potomac Patio of the University Union, where participants could find a pair of shoes if they didn't come with one. After a couple of speeches from Kenan Herbert, Towson's student leader and Dirron Allen, Director of Student Activities at Towson, the walkers set off on their trek around campus before ending back on the patio. After all the walkers returned there was a welcome back speech from Matt Lenno, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life.