‘Hate is Not Welcome Here’ Initiative Going Deep at Bomber Game on August 3

July 31, 2023

WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers look to tackle hate at their next home game on August 3.

Later this week, IG Field plays host 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 curb the hate epidemic.

This Thursday night, the spotlight shines on Winnipeg Blue Bombers, as they do their part to end hate while taking on the B.C. Lions at 7:30 p.m.

“The Winnipeg Football Club always strives to create a safe and inclusive place for all fans, players and staff to feel welcome and at home at IG Field,” said Winnipeg Football Club President & CEO, Wade Miller. “To that end, we are proud to join the ‘Hate is Not Welcome Here’ campaign to help curb the hate epidemic.”

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. Both the Winnipeg Sea Bears and the Winnipeg Goldeyes have already hosted their spotlight games earlier this summer.

“We will have another strong contingent of partners on hand for Thursday’s game,” said Rob Berkowits, the initiative’s spokesperson. “Representatives from the Ethiopian, Portuguese, Irish, Romanian, Cuban, Polish, Croatian, Caribbean and Metis communities will all be on hand as well as stakeholders from the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba and First Peoples Development Inc.”

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 stop the hate epidemic affecting so many people here in our great city of all backgrounds, faiths, genders, and sexual orientations.”



Thursday, June 15, 2023
Winnipeg Sea Bears vs Brampton Honey Badgers

Sunday, July 16, 2023
Winnipeg Goldeyes vs Cleburne Railroaders

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

Sunday, October 15, 2023
Manitoba Moose vs Calgary Wranglers at 2:00 PM

Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Winnipeg Jets vs New Jersey Devils at 7:00 PM




For all media questions, please contact:

Rob Berkowits
Spokesperson, ‘Hate is Not Welcome Here’ Initiative