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Take Back the Night

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Date(s) - 10/24/2013
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

University Center Auditorium


Take Back the Night will begin on Pedestrian Walkway at 6:00pm and walk to the University Center Ballroom

kaiteKatie Hnida is this year’s speaker for Take Back the Night.

Katie Hnida graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Psychology. She is a pioneer in the world of sports, being the first woman to play, and score points, in a NCAA Division One football game.

Katie’s football career started at Chatfield Senior High School in Littleton, Colorado where she played varsity football for four years. She was voted Homecoming Queen by her classmates and participated in halftime ceremonies wearing her uniform.

As a senior, she was named Colorado Sportswoman of the Year as well as Teen People Magazine’s Number One Teen Most Likely to Change the World.

While attending the University of Colorado in 1999-2000, Katie became the first woman to make the football team. She then transferred to the University of New Mexico where she played three seasons for the Lobos.

In 2004, Katie spoke out publicly about the sexual harassment and rape she endured while at the University of Colorado. She has become prominent speaker on violence against women and travels the country to share her powerful story at colleges, women’s groups and other organizations. She has been a keynote speaker at numerous fundraisers, as well as, a featured speaker alongside Hilary Swank and Alec Baldwin at Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation events.

Katie is involved with a number of organizations that work to combat violence against women, including The Voices and Faces Project, The Joyful Heart Foundation, and Counter Quo.

Katie also has a special interest in working with children. Throughout her life, she has served as a mentor to at-risk youth and spoken regularly at elementary, middle, and high schools.

In addition to speaking, Katie is also the author of “Still Kicking: My Journey as the First Woman to Play Division I Football”, published by Scribner in 2006. Her writing has appeared in publications such as People Magazine and Cosmopolitan.

She has appeared on numerous television shows including Larry King Live, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, ESPN, and has been featured in various magazines and newspapers including: TIME, Sports Illustrated, Glamour, People, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.

Katie has continued her football career, most recently becoming the first woman to play professional arena football with the Ft. Wayne Firehawks in 2010.

What is TBTN?

In 2001, Katie Koestner led the initiative, along with others committed to the mission of TBTN, to establish the international headquarters and charitable 501(c)3 foundation of Take Back The Night. Katie Koestner was the first woman to speak out nationally and publicly about date rape and has personally spoken at over 400 Take Back the Night events throughout North America. Our Board of Advisors represents a cross-section of those who have a long-standing history with Take Back the Night and passion for our cause.

The TBTN Mission Statement

The Take Back The Night Foundation serves to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives. We seek to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence. TBTN empowers survivors in the healing process and inspires responsibility in all.

To learn more about Take Back the Night visit

All events are free unless otherwise specified. Student ID is required for all events. For more information about these events or to arrange disability accommodations, contact the Office of Student Activities @ 865.974.5455.

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