Players from the York Suburban boys' volleyball team, and their coach, will exchange their sneakers for high heels on Friday.

The players and coach will wear their black Suburban jerseys and participate in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in downtown York to raise money to help the YWCA in its fight to support victims of domestic abuse and violence.

“My players are not just athletes and students. They are young men. I feel teachers and coaches have the responsibility to not only assist in the (growth) of their academics and athletics, but also to guide and shape them into responsible adults,” boys' varsity volleyball coach and teacher Jamie Evans said in a news release.

Sophomore player Luke Babinchak spoke for the players when he explained how this issue touches boys his age:

“When I think about the possibility of women or girls in my life being in an abusive or violent situation it makes me scared and angry," he said in the news release. "The women in my life are such good people that I can’t bear to think about this happening to them. No women deserve to be hurt, and the fact that they are is a shame, and it needs to stop. I hope that we can help by raising awareness about this problem.”

The qualities that Babinchak talked about are exactly what Evans hopes to foster in his role as coach.

“Adults lead by example, and I hope by participating in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes it gives the players a new perspective on a very serious cause and shows them that I care about them as people, and not just athletes,” he said.

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday from LCS Design, 320 N. George St.

As of noon Thursday, the Trojans had raised $1,235, far exceeding their goal of $500.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.

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