I got this letter from Hurricanes GM Ron Francis today and I’m so excited to share it with all of you! The second paragraph in particular describes exactly the philosophy I’d like all teams to hold.
I’m including the text below and you can also see the Word document the Canes sent, on letterhead and with Francis’s signature, here.
First of all I apologize that we haven’t had an opportunity to get back to you sooner. It wasn’t for a lack of interest or belief in your mission. We have seen the recent coverage of your petition in the media, and wanted to let you know where our team stands on the issues of misogyny and domestic violence.
As an organization, we strive to employ quality people both on and off the ice. To my knowledge we don’t have a single player, prospect or hockey staffer with a history of sexual assault or domestic violence. We have a very young team, and I was proud of the way our players and coaches stayed engaged during our “Call to Men” session. Beyond that, we will always hold our players and staff accountable should any suspected crime occur.
In addition, as a company we are committed to helping people affected by domestic violence or sexual assault. Our Kids ‘N Community Foundation has donated $237,000 in cash to InterAct Family Violence Protection in Wake County, as well as $13,000 to the Orange County (NC) Rape Crisis Center. Our relationship with InterAct goes back more than 16 years. It’s a terrific organization that provides support, safety and awareness to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Thank you for your efforts on these important causes.
Executive Vice President and General ManagerAdvertisements