The “Hockey is for Everyone” Campaign will occur every day throughout February, presented by the National Hockey League (NHL), the League’s Member Clubs, and the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA). These groups have teamed up with the You Can Play Project (also one of CCGSD’s Community Partners) and other organizations to raise awareness about diversity in sports, particularly hockey. Each day this month will feature activities to focus on areas such “as LGBTQ(+ issues), ethnicity and gender equality, socio-economic status, and those with disabilities” in regards to athletic inclusion. “The campaign marks the first time the Players’ Association, the League[,] and its Clubs have collaborated to encourage teamwork, inclusiveness[,] and diversity in hockey at all levels daily for an entire calendar month.”
Some examples of this quotidian programming have been:
Significantly, these Ambassadors include:
That is one of the goals of CCGSD’s Sports Inclusion Program – to make people aware of their language, the power behind these words, and how unintended and undesirable consequences can be created through our diction.
We are very pleased with the NHL’s February initiative and are happy to have more allies in our corner/on our team! (To use a sports pun)
And also proud to report that Jefferson, our Sports Inclusion Coordinator, successfully booked workshops to train the entire 6th, 7th, and 8th grades about LGBTQ+ Awareness in Sports at a local elementary school in May! He is over the moon about that and can’t wait to disseminate further education!
If you or anybody you know would like to book a Sports Inclusion workshop with the CCGSD, please don’t hesitate to contact Jefferson at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, concerns, or comments! They are free and we are flexible with dates and locations.
For more information about the “Hockey is for Everyone” Campaign, visit this site.