Eastern to Host Basketball Tournament in Honor of Alyssiah Wiley

Eastern Connecticut State University will host a three-on-three basketball tournament on Oct. 9 in the Geissler Gymnasium from noon to 4:30 p.m. in honor of late Eastern student Alyssiah Wiley. There will also be other activities held in the Student Center such as a labyrinth, informational tables, games, a film showing and raffles. Connecticut State Rep. Robyn Porter and Wiley’s mother, Corrinna Martin, will also speak on the issue of interpersonal relationship violence at the event.

Wiley, who was an Eastern sophomore in 2013, was in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend. When she decided to break things off with him, things took a turn for the worst and resulted in Wiley’s murder. Wiley’s death sent shockwaves throughout the entire state and Eastern’s community, which prompted Eastern students to action. Eastern staff and students have taken initiative to bring awareness to interpersonal relationship violence, while honoring women like Wiley, who represent the necessity for awareness.

According to recent polls conducted by the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 43 percent of dating college women and 28 percent of college men say they have experienced violent and abusive dating behaviors. Women and men between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rates of dating violence, which is triple the national average. 52 percent of college women also report knowing a friend who has experienced violent and abusive dating behaviors.

The activities at the event are designed to promote discussions of relationships between women and men on campus by incorporating sports and education on interpersonal relationship violence. The labyrinth will encourage students and staff to take an exploratory journey of self-reflection. Informational tables will also encourage students to gather resources and information on interpersonal relationship violence while other games will facilitate conversations on the issue. The goal is to create a positive alliance between staff, students and faculty to move forward together to prevent and end interpersonal relationship violence

The coordinators of this event hope to raise further awareness of Wiley’s story to get other college campuses throughout the country to host basketball tournaments and relationship violence awareness events like the one being hosted at Eastern. Their goal is to secure long-term sponsorships that will continue to recognize and bring awareness to dating, relationship and domestic violence. Eastern President Elsa Nunez to host this event annually.

To sign up and participate in the basketball tournament go to www.IMLEAGUES.com/EASTERNCT or email riccobonor@easternct.edu. Registrations will be open from Sept. 17 until Oct. 4. Students who attend the event will also have the chance to enter raffles, win gift cards and other electronics such as TV’s. Staff and faculty are also welcomed to participate in the tournament.

Written by Vania Galicia