Red Raider Coaches Stand Up Against Violence Towards Women

As part of a community wide project the Texas Tech football coaches lend a hand to the Lubbock Voice of Hope.

By: Meredith Hillgartner

LUBBOCK, TX-Leslie Timmons is just like every other woman; she is looking for a strong man.

Only, she found ten of them.

“It was a lot of fun to see an office full of ten pretty big guys you know strappin’ on shoes,” Timmons said.

Timmons is the event coordinator for Lubbock Voice of Hope, a haven for sexually abused women, and she only has two weeks left before their biggest fundraiser; the annual Walk a Mile in Her  Shoes men's march.

“It’s actually an international march and we were the first ones to bring it to Texas,” Timmons said.

This year, she is getting a lot of help from the Texas Tech football coaches.

“It is amazing the amount of support we get from the community and to have the Red Raider football staff come on board,” Timmons said. “I mean we never even thought about asking them because we know how busy they are.”

Timmons said the coaches are helping out with their new public service announcement to promote strong men in the community, standing up against violence towards women.

“We want men involved in preventing sexual assault as opposed to perpetrating,” Timmons said. “It is important for men to speak out against sexual assault. The more powerful the man in the community the better.”

Defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt tweeted out a picture of the coaches earlier this week strapping on their heels.

“They giggled and said ‘I don’t know how my wife does this,’ and things like that,” Timmons said.

The tweet has gone viral, getting picked up by several sports websites, spreading the message around the country.

“Coach Wallerstedt tweeted it out, like that evening,” Timmons said. “I mean it has just gone all over the internet, and we are so excited for the awareness and the public relation part of it.” 

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