Coaches, players and ath­letic direc­tors for Boston’s Beanpot schools joined forces with com­mu­nity leaders on Monday at the State House to make a public dec­la­ra­tion of their com­mit­ment to end vio­lence against women.

The event – coor­di­nated by Jane Doe Inc., the Mass­a­chu­setts Coali­tion Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Vio­lence – was part of the fifth annual Mass­a­chu­setts White Ribbon Day Cam­paign, which is designed to urge men to speak out against gender-​​based vio­lence. The inter­na­tional White Ribbon Cam­paign was cre­ated in 1991 on the second anniver­sary of one man’s murder of more than a dozen women in Montreal.

North­eastern men’s hockey head coach Jim Madigan, cap­tain Mike McLaughlin and Ath­letic Director Peter Roby joined their coun­ter­parts at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, Boston Uni­ver­sity and Boston Col­lege in taking the White Ribbon Day Pledge, which reads, in part, “From this day for­ward, I promise to be part of the solu­tion in ending vio­lence against women. I will pro­mote respect, dig­nity and equality.”

Beanpot Tour­na­ment chair Steve Nazro, Mass­a­chu­setts Lt. Gov. Tim­othy Murray, chair of the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Vio­lence, and Mass­a­chu­setts dis­trict attor­neys Gerry Leone and Daniel F. Conley, who teamed up to edu­cate the North­eastern men’s hockey team on gender-​​based vio­lence pre­ven­tion, also took the pledge.

We are always encour­aged to have more and more men stand up against vio­lence, and we’re thrilled Boston’s Beanpot schools are part­nering together to help spread this impor­tant mes­sage in Boston and across the Com­mon­wealth,” Murray said.

Roby, who emceed the event, praised Beanpot coaches and student-​​athletes for putting their on-​​ice rival­ries aside to unite in favor of becoming spokesmen for the cam­paign. “No matter how com­mitted these men are to their teams, they put all of that aside to come together on behalf of some­thing much bigger than hockey,” he said.

It doesn’t matter how tough you think you are on the ice, on the court or on the field,” Roby added. “There is never an excuse for a man to hit a woman.”

The pres­tige of Boston’s student-​​athletes makes them ideal ambas­sadors for the campaign’s mes­sage of “safety, equality and respect in every rela­tion­ship,” Conley noted. As he put it, “If our goal is to end vio­lence against women, then we have to start with men and boys.”

McLaughlin agreed. “Student-​​athletes, espe­cially ones who are for­tu­nate enough to play on a stage like the Beanpot, are very vis­ible whether they like it or not,” he said. “It is our respon­si­bility to stand up for this cause.”