Fans and Players will Light The Q Purple for RESPECT at Cavs vs. New York Knicks Game on Saturday Night

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CLEVELAND, OH - February 5, 2010 - The Cavaliers Better Halves have teamed up with the Domestic Violence Center (DVC) to encourage fans to wear purple for RESPECT Night at The Q this Saturday, February 6th at the Cavs vs. New York Knicks game as a show of support for National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Week. Purple is the official color to show support of domestic violence awareness.

The night will be committed to raising awareness about teen dating violence as each fan will receive a purple glow stick upon entering The Q. In addition to fans showing their support in the stands, players will be showing their support on the court by wearing a special shooting shirt during pregame warm ups. Coaches and broadcasters will be wearing purple and sporting purple ribbon pins as well.

Throughout the game, the Domestic Violence Center, Cleveland Clinic, Project Love, St. Ignatius High School and Hathaway Brown High School will have tables set up throughout the concourse to help raise awareness and answer questions. The Cavaliers Team Shop will also be selling purple wristbands for $1.00 and the proceeds will go to the DVC. The night will include a performance from the Scream Team to Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and at halftime, teen leaders from the Cleveland area will be recognized by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, Cuyahoga Community College President, Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton and Cleveland Metropolitan Schools CEO, Dr. Eugene Sanders.

For National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week, the Cavaliers Better Halves and the DVC took part in five events in just six days to raise awareness and funds for the Domestic Violence Center. For more information on Teen Dating Violence Prevention, visit domesticviolencecenter.org.

The Cavs Better Halves, wives and girlfriends of players, coaches, management and staff are committed to supporting the Northeast Ohio community through in-game awareness campaigns, fundraising and volunteer efforts. The group focuses primarily on issues that deal with children, education, health, and women.