Today was my first “rest day,” though I didn’t get much rest! I’ve been at the Lauren’s Kids Aventura office getting some business done and gearing up for tomorrow’s big event at the Aventura Mall! But more on that later… :)
I didn’t get a chance to update the blog yesterday because I was busy watching the Heat kick some Lakers butt (YEAH!!!), and it feels like SO much has happened since the last time I checked in.
The night of Day 5, after walking and teaching the Safer, Smarter Kids abuse prevention curriculum, we headed over to the University of Miami for their Take Back the Night event. If you’re not familiar, TBTN is all about shining light in dark places – specifically, the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. Unfortunately, 1 in 4 college women will be a victim of a sexual assault during her time at school.
I’ve been involved with TBTN’s before, but being back at my alma mater with the support of my own college community made this year’s UM event a truly moving, special night for me. I think it was especially powerful for the students who came out as well, because of the recent abuse scandals on the Penn State, Syracuse and Citadel campuses.
I would like to thank everyone who was involved with the UM Take Back the Night event, especially No Zebras, Trudy Novicki, Executive Director of Kristi House, and Susan Rivera, Executive Director of MUJER. It feels wonderful to have co-leaders in this movement, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with amazing women like you!!!
Now on to the very exciting Day 6! We got an early start from the Museum of Science and walked to the American Airlines Arena where we met THE MIAMI HEAT!!! I’ve always been a Heat fan, but since they’ve started supporting Lauren’s Kids and our fight to end childhood sexual abuse, I’ve come to love them even more :)
We had an incredible day with everyone involved, and would like to thank Coaches Spoelstra and Rothstein, Alonzo Mourning, Eric Woolworth, Andy Elisburg, Tony Fiorentino, Keith Askins, Pat Riley, and a very special thank you to the wonderful Tracy Wilson Mourning who walked with us for the rest of the day!
Before going home to watch the Heat game, I also had the chance to chat with Superintendent Carvalho about the Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum. Can’t wait for it to arrive statewide!
Until next time,