On July 26th 2014, the Maine Field Hockey Association hosted their 7th Annual Field Hockey Festival at Thomas College in Waterville Maine. Over 400 people attended the festival, which brings together over 35 girls field hockey teams from all corners of the state. This year, the MFHA selected the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence as the recipient of the event’s proceeds.
MCEDV Public Awareness Coordinator Regina Rooney attended the festival, and was invited to speak during halftime of the All-Star Game. “If we are going to stop abuse before it happens, we must change the cultural norms that encourage and condone it,” she noted. “MCEDV has found that athletes make great partners in this effort. You are leaders in your schools and your communities.”
Also in attendance was Messalonskee High School’s Field Hockey Coach Katie Gorham and her mother Pauline. Katie’s sister Kelly Gorham was murdered by her ex-fiance in 2007. Katie took the mic and spoke about her sister, emphasizing to the young women in attendance the importance of reaching out for help if something feels wrong in their relationships. Afterward, she talked with Rooney about the decision to speak at the event, saying, “That’s what drives us. What would Kelly do? She’d be speaking up. She’d be trying to help.”
MCEDV is grateful for the support of the Maine Field Hockey Association. The $2000 raised at the event will be used to engage athletes in preventing and ending abuse.
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MCEDV Public Awareness Coordinator Regina Rooney, at left, with Messalonskee Coach Katie Gorham