POUGHKEEPSIE – On Wednesday, April 23, the Marist Student-Athlete Enhancement Center teamed with heart1/the purplethread to sponsor the school’s annual White Ribbon Campaign.

The White Ribbon campaign is regarded as the world’s largest movement of males working to end violence against females, as well as promoting gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

Members of the Marist community walked around campus to raise awareness of domestic violence and promote healthy love. The Marist football and men’s soccer teams played a prominent role in the event, and performed a Flash Mob dance.

“I’m so proud of our student-athletes who continue to bring awareness to this cause, and come out for this event year after year,” said Marist Director of Student-Athlete Enhancement Alyssa Gates.

The first White Ribbon Campaign was held at Marist in the Spring of 2008. It was the idea of football players Dan Smith and Al Ruiz, who were interning at Family Services in Poughkeepsie at the time. The event has continued in some form every year since, and a Take Back the Night initiative was held in 2011.