It’s sad that we live in a society where it is still necessary, but it’s important that we recognize and participate in events like the Men’s March Against Violence until the day comes that domestic violence is eradicated.
I’d been meaning to get involved in this for years, and finally did on Thursday, the 20th annual event. It was also the first year that the UH athletic department was involved as an entity.
About 75 Rainbow Warrior men, including student-athletes, coaches and staff, participated in the march around the downtown area to help raise awareness about domestic violence.
Head football coach Norm Chow and several assistants, baseball coach Mike Trapasso, softball coach Bob Coolen and men’s volleyball coach Charlie Wade were among the kane participating.
Male athletes and coaches from Waipahu High School also participated.
Among the UH contingent was football All-American Al Noga. Noga, who was convicted of and served time for domestic abuse, is sincere about making amends and leading a violence-free life. We had a great conversation before the march.
“No excuses, but I was one of those guys who couldn’t turn it on and off,” Noga said. “I was wrong, and I deserved what I got. Events like this are important to raise awareness and I will do everything I can to help stop domestic violence.”