Nine members of the University of Maine group Male Athletes Against Violence were among the groups and individuals honored Oct. 2 in Augusta for their leadership in preventing domestic violence at the annual tea and awards ceremony of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. During the ceremony, Gov. Paul LePage read and signed a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Maine. Accompanying the student-athletes at the event were professor Sandy Caron, who advises Male Athletes Against Violence, and coach Tim Whitehead. Several members of the men’s hockey team participate in Male Athletes Against Violence. The peer education program involves student-athletes from each of the UMaine sports teams who promote anti-violence awareness on campus and in area high schools.