COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College student-athletes are appearing in two issues of local weekly newspaper Seven Days as part of Steps to End Domestic Violence's Take Steps in Their Shoes event this spring. Women's swimming & diving seniors Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) and Cymantha Rogers (Swampscott, Mass./Swampscott) appear on page 86 of the April 19 issue as the first Purple Knights in Seven Days' pages.
Steps to End Domestic Violence - formerly known as Women Helping Battered Women - is a Burlington-based organization that provides services and programs to those affected by domestic violence in Chittenden County. Take Steps in Their Shoes is a special two-mile walk Steps is hosting on June 3 at 10 a.m. along the Pine Street corridor of Burlington, beginning and ending at ArtsRiot.
As purple is the color associated with domestic violence prevention, walk participants are asked to wear purple shoes, and was also the reason student-athletes from the Saint Michael's men's and women's basketball, field hockey, men's soccer, women's swimming & diving, and men's tennis teams wore purple shoes to show their support for the cause when they were photographed for the initiative at Beltrami Studios in South Burlington last December.
In addition to McNall and Rogers, threes men's basketball players - senior Matt Bonds (Accokeek, Md./North Point), sophomore Winston Jones II (Valley Stream, N.Y./Valley Stream Central) and first-year Stephen Laffin (West Hartford, Conn./Northwest Catholic) - will also show their support in an upcoming edition of Seven Days, appearing in the May 24 issue. The various other Purple Knight student-athletes might show up on Steps' social media channels in conjunction with the walk.
With donors' support, Steps to End Domestic Violence provides critical services such as emergency shelters, education and prevention initiatives, and its 24/7 hotline to those affected by domestic violence. In the 2015-16 fiscal year alone, Steps served more than 5,000 combined adults and children, and took more than 4,300 calls on its hotline. Visit stepsvt.org for more information.