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Verizon Foundation and A CALL TO MEN Kick Off National Training on March 14 to Equip Coaches to Mentor Boys and Young Men to Have a Healthy and Respectful Manhood

March 13, 2013

Carolina Panthers Head Coach and GM, Former NFL Players and CBS Sportscaster James Brown to Enable Coaches to Develop Young Men of Character

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Verizon Foundation and A CALL TO MEN – a leading national violence prevention organization — will bring together hundreds of middle school, high school, college and community coaches for domestic violence prevention training, A Call To Coaches: Your Voice Counts, on Thursday (March 14).

The half-day interactive seminar is designed to equip coaches with resources to prevent abusive behavior by promoting respect, non-violence and healthy relationships. Participants will leave the training with a list of action items and resources to continue the conversation with their teams and in their communities.

The training will serve as a continuation of Verizon Foundation’s newly launched Your Voice Counts campaign (www.verizonfoundation.org/yourvoicecounts), which seeks to engage and empower men to speak up and be part of the solution to end domestic violence. The training materials will soon be available for public download on the Your Voice Counts website.

    WHY:      Domestic violence is one of the
     most critical public health issues,
     resulting in serious, long-term health
     impacts and devastating effects on
     children and families. According to a
     report by the Centers for Disease Control
     and Prevention, approximately 1 in 4 women
     and nearly 1 in 7 men in the U.S. have
     experienced severe physical violence by an
     intimate partner at some point in their
     lifetimes. The Verizon Foundation is
     committed to engaging men in a dialogue to
     help end domestic violence and promote the
     development of healthy, safe communities.

    WHEN:                     Thursday, March 14

                              8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    WHERE:                     Sheraton Charlotte Airport

                              3315 Scott Futrell Drive

                              Charlotte, N.C.


     James Brown, CBS sportscaster
    Ron Rivera, Carolina
      Panthers head coach
    Dave Gettleman, Carolina
      Panthers general manager
    Brandon Beane, director
      of football operations for Carolina Panthers
      Carrier, former Carolina Panther
    Chris Canty,
      former New York Giant
    Susan Sullivan, Verizon

SOURCE Verizon

Source: PR Newswire