Field Hockey to Host Inaugural Pride Game in Home Opener Sunday
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross field hockey team is set to host its inaugural Pride game this Sunday, Sep. 9 at 12:05 p.m. in its home opener against Columbia. The Crusaders will partner with Safe Homes, a local group that supports LGBTQ+ youth in the Worcester area, for the event.
Junior goalkeeper Marcia LaPlante has spearheaded the effort to bring the concept of a Pride game to the attention of Holy Cross officials as well as to create the partnership with Safe Homes.
“As a member of the LGBTQ+ community at Holy Cross,” LaPlante said, “I know how important it is to raise awareness of the inequalities that people face and to spread a message of inclusion. As a team, we always try to make sure that everyone feels like they can be themselves and that’s why this game is so important.”
The Crusaders will be selling t-shirts for $10 and wristbands for $2 at the game to support Safe Homes, who will receive all of the proceeds. The group’s mission is “to provide safe and supportive services for LGBTQ youth so that they feel nurtured and validated in all aspects of their identity.”
Head coach Lindsay Jackson is proud of her players for the attitude they have shown in relation to this game and in general.
“Within our team culture we are open minded and inclusive,” Jackson said. “We feel it is important to show our support for the LGBTQ community in Worcester and here on Campus. Partnering with Safe Homes is a great way for us to support them in their efforts to ease the adversity some face in their daily lives.”
“The goal of our pride game is to get involved with the LGBTQ+ community in Worcester,” LaPLante said. “We're really excited about the work that Safe Homes has been doing to support queer youth in the area and we’re hoping that through this game, we can help further support their efforts.”