LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Athletics Department is teaming with Prevent Child Abuse Wyoming for a "Change for Change" campaign during Saturday's Cowboy basketball game against Nevada. Aimed at raising money for child abuse prevention in the state, PCAWY volunteers will be collecting change at the Arena-Auditorium's Portal Two and Fieldhouse entrances before, during and after the game, which is set to tip at 4 p.m. MT.
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.
According to PCAWY, in 2014 there were 898 unique substantiated victims of child maltreatment (children 18 and under) in Wyoming. 640 of these victims were age 10 and under, and 347 were age five and under. Child maltreatment is 100 percent preventable and Wyoming children deserve to be healthy, safe and happy. 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.