Matt Sawyer, Head Coach of the Rayburn Construction Jr. A Northmen lacrosse team, is featured in first of the Headwaters White Ribbon campaign’s 2013 poster series. “I will not remain silent about violence against women,” Sawyer pledges.
With his son Carson, Sawyer takes a stand and invites the men of Dufferin Caledon to never never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.
Sawyer submitted the following letter to the Orangeville Banner:
June 10, 2013
It’s an honour for me to coach such a great group of athletes in a organization such as the Orangeville Northmen Jr A Lacrosse club. I do my best to pass on what I know and try to demonstrate leadership in how I act. One of the things I love about Lacrosse is the life lessons it teaches: about respect, dealing with challenges, and working together. I am incredibly proud of the young men I’ve had the privilege of coaching here in Orangeville.
I know it’s not easy for young men and boys in our society today when they are bombarded by images, music, etc. that treat girls and women like objects. It can be difficult to know what to do when you hear “jokes” or see behaviour that is wrong. As a coach — but also as a father and a husband — I have an obligation to lead by example.
That’s why I said yes when the local White Ribbon committee asked if I would participate in their poster campaign. Violence against women and girls is unacceptable and we as men have a role — as teachers, mentors, leaders — to stop it. It’s up to us to help the next generation. So I invite the men in our community to visit headwaterswhiteribbon.ca and take the pledge. And next Friday, June 14, prior to our home game, there will be a barbecue outside Tony Rose put on the by the White Ribbon men.
Violence against women and girls is unacceptable and we as men have a role — as teachers, mentors, leaders — to stop it.
On Father’s Day weekend, I think it’s a small thing we can do as men so our daughters can grow up in a world free of violence. Thank you.
Rayburn Construction Jr. A Northmen