State officials and local television news personalities will once again delight Central Connecticut State University basketball fans when they play February 15 to support Interval House and spread awareness in the cause against domestic and dating violence.The Fifth Annual Men Make a Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence™ Half-Time Celebrity Basketball Game will take place during the half-time of 1pm Sacred Heart - CCSU Men's Basketball game on the New Britain campus in Detrick Gymnasium.
Bobby Valentine, Executive Director of Athletics at Sacred Heart, will join Senator Richard Blumenthal as referees for the celebrity halftime game. State Attorney General George Jepsen, along with local television news celebrities such as FoxCT Meteorologist Joe Fury; NBC CT News Anchor Brad Drazen; and WFSB Sports Director Joe Zone. WFSB News Anchor Dennis House, and FoxCT's Rich Coppola, Jim Altman, Beau Berman, and John Charlton, and many others, will comprise the two rosters.
CCSU Men's Basketball Head Coach Howie Dickenman has been a longtime supporter of Interval House, the State's largest domestic violence organization, and introduced Sacred Heart first-year head coach Anthony Latina to the program. Dickenman, along with Blumenthal, is one of the founding members of the Men Make A Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence™ initiative.
Since 1977, Interval House has served victims of domestic violence -- mostly women and children -- who were psychologically or physically battered by their partner. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing services to prevent and break the cycle of family and intimate partner abuse. Since it was founded, Interval House has provided services to more than 175,000 people.