If you’re a baseball fan, you probably know Gabriella Kreuz for her peppy, fun crowd commentary during Indians home games.
But what impresses me even more is Gabriella’s work off the field with her own non-profit: Love Doesn’t Shove.
Gabriella’s inspiration for this organization came out of her own personal experience in an abusive relationship in college.
Gabriella found the help she needed from the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center. And while she initially began fundraising for that organization, she was driven to do more.
Love Doesn’t Shove began in 2014 and has grown into an organization which provides presentations in schools to educate students the dynamics of healthy relationships. For the most part, the presentations are given in high schools and can either be given in classroom, interactive settings or assembly settings.
Obviously, given the current environment, Love Doesn’t Shove is focused on piovting to virtual presentations and spreading the message through social media.
Gabriella is not a counselor and her presentations focus on discussing healthy relationships in accessible ways for students and providing professional resources for follow-up discussions.
Gabriella told me that she feels most inspired when students share with her how her presentations impact their own lives, particularly boys who recognize that they are in abusive relationships and learn to stop those patterns.
She emphasized that Love Doesn’t Shove is about all genders learning the dynamics of healthy relationships and how to identify healthy and unhealthy behaviors.
I’ve always loved Gabriella’s authentic spunk during the Indians games, but I’m also truly inspired by her commitment to educating young people which stems from her own experience. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that she was also a fellow John Carroll University alumna!