This June, anti violence organisation, Step Back Think, are encouraging professional and local sports teams to rally together, lace up in orange shoelaces and make a stand against social violence.
This weekend and next is where VAFA clubs and many other clubs from different sports will join the Lace Up campaign. Step Back Think are asking any team or individual stepping on to a sporting field, to register online and order their free orange shoelaces. Almost 400 teams from around Australia have already registered, including footy, rugby, netball, hockey and Gridiron teams.
So far, eight VAFA clubs have registered to Lace Up. Join Old Carey, Old Geelong, Bulleen Templestowe, University Blacks, University Blues, Aquinas Old Collegians, Old Trinity and North Old Boys St Pats and sign up your club!
The Melbourne Rebels will be kicking off the Lace Up weekend, with the players donning the Step Back Think orange laces in the final round match of the year against Western Force on Friday 12th June. The in-form GWS Giants will be Lacing Up against Collingwood on the Sunday and Melbourne Storm will be rounding out the weekend with a big game against the Eels at AAMI Park on Monday night.
To register your club and get your players, coaches and umpires involved, please visit http://laceupstepbackthink.tumblr.com/ click ‘Register’ and Step Back Think will post your free orange laces, along with an education pack, prior to the weekend.
Step Back Think
Felled by a single punch late one night in October 2006, former Old Carey player James Macready-Bryan suffered catastrophic brain damage from which he will never recover. In response to this tragedy, a group of James’ close friends started Step Back Think.
From day one, Step Back Think’s aim has been to act as a mechanism to end this type of violence and to prevent others going through what James, his family and his friends are faced with each day.