WINNIPEG, MB – Batting next for the ‘Hate is Not Welcome Here’ initiative? The Winnipeg Goldeyes.
Shaw Park plays host next week to the ‘Hate is Not Welcome Here’ campaign, a joint initiative in partnership with all of Winnipeg’s professional sports teams. The Winnipeg Jets, the Manitoba Moose, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Valour FC, the Winnipeg Sea Bears, and the Winnipeg Goldeyes, are all taking part through dedicating one game during their regular seasons to this initiative designed to curb the hate epidemic.
This month, the Winnipeg Goldeyes are in the batter’s box as they take a swing to end hate while taking on the Cleburne Railroaders on Sunday, July 16, at 1:00 p.m.
“The Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club is honoured to be a partner in this initiative,” said Andrew Collier, General Manager of the Winnipeg Goldeyes. “The Goldeyes have always promoted inclusiveness and tolerance within our team, our staff, and at Shaw Park.”
For each selected game part of this initiative, complimentary blocks of tickets are being distributed to various groups and organizations through campaign partners the Rainbow Resource Centre, Folklorama, Anti-Racism in Sport, and the Rady Jewish Community Centre.
“We’ve distributed over a thousand tickets for next week’s game to many organizations,” said Rob Berkowits, the campaign’s spokesperson. “A few that come to mind include the Afghan Women’s Group, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg, the Ethnocultural Council of Winnipeg, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba, and Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre.”
Donors to this initiative include Ruth and David Asper, Cheryl and Earl Barish, Joanne and Sam Katz of Kay Four Properties, Sandra and Sheldon Earn, as well as both The Mark & Dorothy Danzker Trust and The Grosberg Family Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.
“The message for this campaign is simple: hate is not welcome here,” said Berkowits, “and thanks to the leadership of Winnipeg’s local professional sports clubs, supporting organizations, and donors, this powerful message will help put a stop to the hate epidemic affecting so many people here in our great city of all backgrounds, faiths, genders, and sexual orientations.”
‘HATE IS NOT WELCOME HERE’ GAMES SCHEDULE
Thursday, June 15, 2023 – Winnipeg Sea Bears vs Brampton Honey Badgers at 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 16, 2023 – Winnipeg Goldeyes vs Cleburne Railroaders at 1:00 PM
Thursday, August 3, 2023 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs B.C. Lions at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 – Valour FC vs Vancouver FC at 7:00 PM
TBD October 2023 – Manitoba Moose home game
TBD November 2023 – Winnipeg Jets home game
For all media questions, please contact:
Spokesperson, ‘Hate is Not Welcome Here’ Initiative