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Evening with Kalani Sitake and The Center for Women and Children in Crisis

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Provo City Library at Academy Square

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Join Kalani Sitake, BYU Head Football Coach, and learn more about how you can help end domestic violence and support victims in Utah County.

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Kalani Sitake recently said, "I think domestic violence and abuse is a problem everywhere. Even if it is one incident, it is a problem. The only way to combat the problem is to address it and bring it out and call people into action."

The Center for Women and Children in Crisis serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Utah and Juab County. The need for a larger shelter in Utah County is overwhelming as the current shelter turns away as many people as they are able to shelter each year due to being full. Come help raise awareness and funds to help support the Center and help to build a new shelter.

Sitake starred as a fullback for the Cougars under legendary coach LaVell Edwards from 1998 to 2000. During his playing days, Sitake helped lead the Cougars to their first Mountain West Conference championship in 1999. Following a brief stint in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals, Sitake entered the coaching ranks. In 2005, he joined Kyle Wittingham’s staff at the University of Utah as a linebackers’ coach. Four seasons later, Sitake’s success earned him a promotion to defensive coordinator and eventually assistant head coach. In 2015, Sitake left the Beehive state to join head Coach Gary Anderson at Oregon State as an assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. In 2016, Kalani returned to BYU to be their head coach.

While football is something that Sitake does, he’s quick to express that it’s not what defines him. “I’m a football coach, but I’m a husband and a father first,” he told KUTV in an interview. Sitake learned the value of strong family relationships from a young age. As the oldest child growing up in a single parent home, Kalani often filled the role of protector and friend for his three younger siblings.

“He was the last to eat and the first to get up,” Pamrose, Kalani’s younger sister, told the Deseret News. “He was the one organizing everything and making sure everyone was OK. He didn’t care if he had the ugliest clothes; he just wanted everyone to be happy.”

Today, Kalani says he treasures his wife, Timberly, and their three children above all else. “When I was a child, I cared so much about [football] games,” Sitake told the Deseret News. “I still care, but I care about my family more. It’s a game, and it’s important and I’ll give it everything I’ve got, but when I’m with my kids that’s my game there.”

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