Nearly 700 items and more than $100 in donations were collected at the women's lacrosse match versus Syracuse on April 15, the women's tennis match versus Duke on April 19, and the softball game versus James Madison on April 26, making the project's inaugural year a success.
Visiting teams even got involved in the event. The James Madison softball team donated an entire box of items, and visiting teams' fans also contributed. “The drive was an awesome experience to be a part of,” said Madison Laufenberg, a sophomore on the volleyball team and one of the drive's organizers. “When we started planning it, I never expected so many awesome people to donate goods.”
Rock the Risers, which seeks to promote gender equity in sport, was also pleased with the event and hopes to continue the partnership in the future. “The cause that Athletics chose tied really well with our program – both focused on different aspects of gender equity,” said Rock the Risers representative Sammie Espada. “We are glad that we were able to work to raise greater awareness on our campus, with our athletes, and within the local community. I really got to see the generosity of our community through this drive and I got to start new conversations about the importance of this work. I am very happy with the results, but I am more excited to see how we can repeat events like this in the future and support our community better.”
Following the conclusion of the drive, a small group of UNC student-athletes, including Laufenberg, organized the donations and personally delivered them to the Compass Center in between final exams. “I'm super excited to continue this, and involve more sports in the future,” she said. “Thank you to everyone who supported the drive by donating!”
The Compass Center for Women and Families seeks to end domestic violence in the Chapel Hill community and provides crisis services to any individual in need, regardless of gender or economic status. Read more here.