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Lady Cougars join fight against human trafficking

The Crossroads League will host a Destiny Rescue event at all athletic competitions tomorrow to help stop child trafficking.

Destiny Rescue is an internationally recognized Christian non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing children trapped in human trafficking.

MVNU along with the nine other schools in the Crossroads

League will participate in the effort to raise awareness of human trafficking.

Women’s basketball Head Coach Amanda Short is working with the conference to coordinate the partnership.

“I wanted to be a part of it because these children should have a chance at the same life that my players did,” Short said. “If they are rescued, they might have that chance.”

The goal is to raise $1,500, enough to save one child from human trafficking.

The Cougars will wear special warmup shirts that read, “Black Out Child Trafficking” to support the organization and raise awareness of human trafficking.

The shirts cost $10 apiece and will be available for fans to purchase on game day. Destiny Rescue will also sell jewelry that was hand made by girls who have been rescued through the organization.

All proceeds will go directly to Destiny Rescue.

Short said she hopes the campus will get involved for the cause.

“It is good for the basketball team to get involved with the hopes to get the campus involved,” Short said. “It is always neat to see a body of believers come together for a good cause.”

There will also be a representative at each Crossroads League game to speak with the crowd about Destiny Rescue and provide information about the organization’s mission and work.

The MVNU women’s game starts at 6 p.m. in Ariel Arena followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m.

For more information about human trafficking, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the Anti-Human Trafficking Workshop on campus this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Kim Jones of Point Loma Nazarene University and Out of Darkness ministry in Columbus will lead the workshop. Jones will discuss meaningful ways to put love into action throughout local communities and the world to help end trafficking.

The workshop will take place in Thorne Performance Hall in the R.R. Hodges chapel on the campus of MVNU.

The workshop is open to all students, faculty and staff, as well as the Knox County community.

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