The Missouri Western Griffons will trade in black and gold for teal this weekend.

Western softball and baseball will host the second annual Teal Games Sunday, March 31, in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

“This is our second year for it and I think there’s a couple schools nationally who do it. We wanted to do it again since it was so successful a year ago,” Western baseball coach Buzz Verduzco said.

The baseball team will play the University of Central Oklahoma at 1 p.m., and the softball squad faces Lindenwood University at 4 p.m. Both teams will be wearing teal T-shirts during batting practice and warm-ups in support of the cause.

The teal shirts feature “Consent” on the front and “I Ask” on the back.

Western Athletics said this year’s theme, “I Ask” builds on the idea that consent is a healthy, normal and necessary part of everyday interactions.

“It’s a day for us to be able to bring light to that,” Verduzco said. “The athletes will do a good job with it.”

Athletes also will sport teal apparel, such as socks, during the games.

Throughout the day, Western will be collecting toiletry items at the Spring Sports Complex. Items needed for donation include feminine hygiene products, new women’s underwear and bras, bath wash, hair conditioner, socks and toothpaste. Donations will go to the local YWCA shelter.

Sunday’s effort is coordinated by Western Athletics and the Division of Student Affairs.

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