Shane Foster speaks to the NACP meeting
Basketball star urges men to oppose domestic violence
NASHVILLE, Tenn.––Shane Foster, 29 the all-time leading scorer for the Vanderbilt basketball team, has re-trained his shooting eye to help men end domestic violence.
Speaking to a March meeting of the National Association of Conference Presidents, the former shooting guard said the popular saying “boys will be boys” is “profoundly anti-male.”
“That saying assumes boys and men are incapable of treating women with respect,” said the 6’6” all-time leader in 3-point shooting.
He encouraged the conference presidents to stop language and behavior that objectifies women. “Leaders are responsible for what we allow to exist. Are we man enough to do something about it?”
Foster serves as director of MEND (Ending Violence – Mending Communities) of the Nashville YWCA. MEND is dedicated to ending violence against women and girls by engaging and educating men and boys.
“For too long, men have been conspicuously absent from prevention and intervention efforts.” Says MEND. “Men need to be part of the solution because men are the primary perpetrators of domestic violence and sexual assault.”
Foster will also speak at the July, 2017, National Gathering of UM Men in Nashville.