Vanderbilt first SEC program to 'Set the Expectation' for unique gameday
The season opener next week between Georgia and Vanderbilt will offer a platform to raise awareness about about sexual and relationship violence.
Brenda Tracy, a registered nurse from Portland, Oregon, has met with the Vanderbilt football team and shared her personal story and message about preventing sexual violence. Tracy will be introduced at the game, which has been designated as a “Set The Expectation” game, the first of its kind in the SEC.
Tracy has addressed dozens of high school and college teams in the past year, and she serves on the NCAA’s Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence, a release from Vanderbilt said.
Vanderbilt and Georgia staff members will wear teal patches on their shirts, and teal and purple stickers will be on both teams’ helmets.
“Set The Expectation” t-shirts will be distributed to the first 10,000 fans in attendance, and players from both teams will wear the shirts during pregame warmups. A teal and purple ribbon will be painted on the Vanderbilt Stadium field, and Vanderbilt Athletics will host a donation drive in association with the Tennessee Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence to collect items for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Vanderbilt’s Project Safe will be on site (Gate 2) to provide awareness of on-campus resources and community organizations.
Fans can also sign pledges on the concourse throughout the game to affirm their commitment to combat sexual and relationship violence.