LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Athletics Department is teaming with Prevent Child Abuse Wyoming for the second annual "Change for Change" fundraising campaign during Saturday's Cowboy basketball game against Boise State. Aimed at raising money for child abuse prevention in the state, PCAWY volunteers will be collecting change and donations at Arena-Auditorium's entrances before, during and after the game, which is now set to tip at 2 p.m. MT. In addition, Saturday’s game sponsor Wyoming State Bank has committed to matching the first $2,500 raised by fans at the game.
PCAWY is a program of the Wyoming Citizen Review Panel, a non-profit focused on the safety, permanency and well-being of Wyoming children and families. PCAWY's mission is to coordinate prevention efforts in Wyoming to reduce incidents of child neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Pam Shyatt, wife of Cowboy head coach Larry Shyatt, is a PCAWY board member with over 20 years of work in the field of child abuse prevention.
PCAWY focuses on primary prevention to educate the public, coordinate programs and services, and raise awareness of the issue, which leads to stronger families and communities. These efforts include projects that focus on safe sleep environments for infants, training on mandatory reporting practices and signs/symptoms of child maltreatment, Shaken Baby Syndrome, advocacy efforts and public awareness around family engagement and building stronger communities.