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Friday, December 3, 2010

Self, Pollard sport red heels to support fight against domestic violence

Former Kansas University basketball standout Scot Pollard tries on a red stiletto with the help of Steve Sell, an employee at Garry Gribble's Running Sports in downtown Lawrence. They are featured on the cover of the 2011 Red Shoe calendar, which raised money for The Willow Domestic Violence Center in Lawrence.

Former Kansas University basketball standout Scot Pollard tries on a red stiletto with the help of Steve Sell, an employee at Garry Gribble's Running Sports in downtown Lawrence. They are featured on the cover of the 2011 Red Shoe calendar, which raised money for The Willow Domestic Violence Center in Lawrence.

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Former NBA and Jayhawk basketball star Scot Pollard has landed on the cover of newspapers and magazines, but never a calendar — until now.

He’s pictured trying on a pair of red stilettos at Garry Gribble’s Running Sports store in downtown Lawrence.

“Once they told me what the cause was, I was like, ‘Of course.’ There was no question at all,” he said.

He is featured on the 2011 Red Shoe calendar that went on sale Friday across Lawrence and in Baldwin City. It raises awareness about domestic violence and money for The Willow Domestic Violence Center in Lawrence.

NEW CALENDAR

The 2011 Red Shoe calendar is $20, and all of the proceeds go to The Willow Domestic Violence Center.

They are available:

• In Lawrence — Downtown Barber Shop, 824 Mass.; Lawrence Memorial Hospital gift shop, 325 Maine; KU Union Bookstore; Peoples Bank, 4831 W. Sixth St.; and KLWN studio, 3125 W. Sixth St.

• In Baldwin — Baldwin State Bank, 721 High St., and Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce, 720 High St.

They also will be available at the Lawrence Farmers Holiday market, which will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Lawrence Holidome.

Or, individuals can mail a $20 check to: The Willow Domestic Violence Center, P.O. Box 633, Lawrence, KS 66044, and a calendar will be sent to the address provided.

The Willow center is using the calendars to promote its first “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 6 at Haskell Indian Nations University.

For more information, call 843-3333, e-mail Audra Fullerton at afullerton@willowdvcenter.org, or visit www.willowdvcenter.org.

Pollard is among more than two dozen Lawrence and Baldwin City men who sported high heels for a good cause. Among them: City Commissioner Mike Dever; Lawrence Memorial Hospital CEO Gene Meyer; Mark Bradford, Douglas County Fire and Medical chief; and Matt Brungardt, Lawrence High School principal.

Along with Pollard’s picture is a message: “It takes a big person to stand up to domestic violence.”

Pollard, who wears a size 18 shoe, said the stilettos didn’t come close to fitting.

“They were far too small to even get my foot in. I barely got my toes in there,” he said, with a laugh.

However, everyone else featured in the calendar is wearing high-heeled shoes, including Dan Chandler, owner of The Salty Iguana, and his friend, basketball coach Bill Self. They are featured in March.

“Bill and I are boys. As you can imagine, we were just ripping each other and having fun because that’s what we do anyway,” Chandler said.

“I love the concept of it and I hope it raises a bunch of money.”

The Willow center provides safe shelter, peer counseling, advocacy and other services to survivors of domestic violence in Douglas, Franklin, and southern Jefferson counties. Each year, it serves more than 274 women and children.

“The idea is that you’ve got to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes to understand the issues,” said Sally Hare-Schriner, fundraising chair.

Comments

Jared Grillot 9 years, 7 months ago

No one in the world is surprised to see Pollard do this (I love that guy!). Self, on the other hand, that's pretty funny.

rockchalk_dpu 9 years, 7 months ago

wonder if he'll coach in those at some point

Mo Mosallaei 9 years, 7 months ago

God I hope not. There's got to be a better way to show your support against domestic violence.

Chris Bruning 9 years, 7 months ago

LMAO. exactly what i was thinking Brickwall

Doug Merrill 9 years, 7 months ago

right, because we don't want those fans to show how cool they are by deriding the fact that our coaches and alumni are committed to protecting the innocent...

KEITHMILES05 9 years, 7 months ago

Sorry but this is pretty dumb thing to do. If it was red bras would they be wearing them?

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 7 months ago

I agree! Now if it was a white lace bra..that's another story.

KGphoto 9 years, 7 months ago

The idea is to get attention. It's advertising 101. NFL players wear pink for breast cancer month and it works. This works too.

Don't let your homophobia control you.

FairgroveJayhawk 9 years, 7 months ago

I would have gone with a red scarf. Heels....?

REHawk 9 years, 7 months ago

Cool Dudes. Shouldn't there be an address site for mailorders?

REHawk 9 years, 7 months ago

Cool Dudes. Shouldn't there be an address site for mailorders?

Karrey Britt 9 years, 7 months ago

Just contacted one of the organizers. She said to mail a $20 check to The Willow Domestic Violence Center, P.O. Box 633, Lawrence, KS 66044. And, they will mail you one.

bbeckum 9 years, 7 months ago

Did you see Pollard's guns? Dude looks like a defensive end.

AndOne 9 years, 7 months ago

I want to see Lace Dunn in a pair of these

amw8716 9 years, 7 months ago

Only in Lawrence. haha. That will fuel the flame for the Grapes.

JHawkInMexico 9 years, 7 months ago

Thanks to everyone who participated. My cousin Claire, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend, felt strong and powerful and independent when she wore her red high heels... many of her friends wore them to her memorial service. Seeing this article brought tears to my eyes. I would love to order one of these calendars! Is there some way to order online?

Karrey Britt 9 years, 7 months ago

Thank you for sharing your cousin's story. I just contacted one of the organizers. She said you can mail a $20 check to The Willow Domestic Violence Center, P.O. Box 633, Lawrence, KS 66044. And, they will mail you a calendar. For more information, contact Audra Fullerton by e-mail at afullerton@willowdvcenter.org.

cgull32 9 years, 7 months ago

This IS great advertising for a subject most colleges towns won't talk about. Congrats to KU! Six KU alums walked in a LA walk, it was really fun. Never saw a calendar before would love to send to my friends...how do I get them? Thanks for who ever came up with this one and for the participants. Hope I can get back to Lawrence for the walk.

Karrey Britt 9 years, 7 months ago

An organizer said you can mail a $20 check to The Willow Domestic Violence Center, P.O. Box 633, Lawrence, KS 66044. And, they will mail you a calendar. For more information, contact Audra Fullerton by e-mail at afullerton@willowdvcenter.org.

actorman 9 years, 7 months ago

JHawk in Mexico, I'm so sorry about your cousin. Thanks for sharing the story with us. You can never have too much publicity for the horror of domestic abuse.

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