AEG’s LA Kings Host Inclusive Coaching Education for Youth Hockey Partners

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July 7, 2022 /3BL Media/ — AEG’s LA Kings hosted an inclusive virtual practice workshop for 15 of its affiliated youth hockey partners, including the Jr. Kings Program, the Jr. Reign Program and the High School Hockey League on June 29, 2022.

Led by a representative from The You Can Play Project, a non-profit organization that works to ensure the safety and inclusion of all who participate in sports, including LGBTQ+ athletes, coaches and fans. The training taught coaches how to ensure the safety and inclusion of players participating on their teams and encouraged them to focus on a player’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit as opposed to their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

“As leaders in the sport, we must be proactive, thoughtful and intentional to further diversify and improve the youth hockey community,” said Jennifer Pope, senior vice president of community relations and hockey development. “Youth sports should offer children of all backgrounds, ages and abilities the opportunity to participate. Research shows that when children play sports, they are less likely to suffer from depression and perform better in school. When a child feels accepted, understood and safe, they can truly thrive in a team and perform at their best.

The 90-minute program introduced young coaches to topics such as the importance of visibility, participation versus performance, inclusive outreach and recruitment, and embracing inclusive team values ​​in and out of season. . The training also included several breakout sessions for the coaches to participate in role-playing exercises that allowed them to practice implementing the lessons learned from the workshop. For more information on the You Can Play project, click on here.

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