Q&A With Sharon Robinson, One Love Foundation
One Love was created in 2010 to honor the memory of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia senior lacrosse player who was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend just weeks before graduation. Sharon Robinson is the Bronxville High School Lacrosse Coach and Vice Chairman of the One Love Foundation in honor of Yeardley Love.
In this Q&A, Sharon covers signs that coaches and parents should look for to determine whether their athletes/children might be in unhealthy romantic relationships, and what coaches and parents should do if they suspect an unhealthy romantic relationship.
For example, here's question #3 from the interview, and Sharon's answer:
Q: What are some ways to support a teammate you are concerned might be in an unhealthy relationship?
A: If you suspect your teammate is in an unhealthy relationship, it’s important to establish an open and supportive dialogue with this person. Just as a parent or a coach, a teammate can check in with the other teammate, asking questions about specific behaviors that concern you. This strategy can apply whether you fear your teammate is experiencing an unhealthy relationship or perpetrating some unhealthy behaviors.
These situations can be incredibly difficult, and most schools have resources to help if you suspect a friend is in need. Never hesitate to seek out a resource or additional help, whether that comes in the form of a hotline or online resource, mutual friends, a coach, or a confidential resource at school. It is important to get help from a trusted resource who can also make sure you’re taking care of yourself during this stressful time.
As peers, teammates and friends, recognize what an enormous amount of influence you have over one another.
Standing quietly by and watching an unhealthy relationship perpetuate can be perceived by the victim as endorsing the relationship.
Read more from Sharon's Q&A by downloading the PDF below!