After a successful effort with the Shelbyville High School boys’ tennis team in raising awareness to prevent domestic and dating violence, Turning Point Domestic Violence Services has turned its attention toward the second group that committed to the program.

The boys’ swim team recently started the Coaching Boys Into Men program, under the guidance of coach Coen Weiler.

Weiler, who is also a math teacher at the high school, will be leading the 10-member team in its third conversation today. The program teaches student-athletes about how to maintain respectful relationships and how to intervene if he sees something inappropriate.

Shelby County Community Services Director Amber Knopp said she is letting Weiler take the reigns this time. Knopp was more involved with guiding the conversations with the tennis team but the swim coach will be more in charge during the course of the program.

“The program is designed for the coach to deliver conversations,” she said. “I want the relationship to be built up with the coach and team. I think that’s important.”

Weiler told her that the first two conversations went very well and the team will be having those conversations every Friday.

Knopp said she will “pop in and out” throughout the 12 weeks and is staying in communication with Weiler as he leads the team.

The program includes 12 sessions and there will be a Purple Out swim meet once the team has the last one. Knopp believed that the celebration, which could include the opposing team according to Weiler because he knows the coach, will take place at the Jan. 29 meet against South Putnam.

The boys’ tennis team held a Purple Out match at the end of its season, where it signed a pledge board in each every team member promised to do their part to prevent domestic violence.

The baseball team has also agreed to take part in the spring once its season begins.