This fowarded from Chris O’Connor over at Sacred Heart …
State officials and local television news personalities will once again delight Central Connecticut State University basketball fans when they play February 15 to support Interval House and spread awareness in the cause against domestic and dating violence.
The 5th Annual Men Make a Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence Half-Time Celebrity Basketball Game will take place during the halftime of 1 p.m. CCSU Men’s Basketball game on the New Britain campus in Detrick Gymnasium. The CCSU Blue Devils are playing Sacred Heart University.
This year, joining officials like Senator Richard Blumenthal and State Attorney General George Jepsen, will be Bobby Valentine, former pro baseball player and manager of the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox. Valentine is now Sacred Heart’s director of athletics. Valentine and Blumenthal will serve as referees for the game.
Also playing in the game will be local television news celebrities such as FoxCT Meteorologist Joe Fury; NBC CT News Anchor Brad Drazen; and WFSB Sports Director Joe Zone. WFSB News Anchor Dennis House, and FoxCT’s Rich Coppola, Jim Altman, Beau Berman, and John Charlton, and many others, will also be playing.
CCSU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Howie Dickenman has been a longtime supporter of Interval House, the State’s largest domestic violence organization. Dickenman, along with Blumenthal, is one of the founding members of the Men Make A Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence™ initiative.
Since 1977, Interval House has served victims of domestic violence — mostly women and children — who were psychologically or physically battered by their partner. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing services to prevent and break the cycle of family and intimate partner abuse. Since it was founded, Interval House has provided services to more than 175,000 people.