Verizon Foundation and A CALL TO MEN Bring National Domestic Violence Prevention Training for Coaches to Baltimore

Ravens Linebacker Chris Canty and CBS Sportscaster James Brown to Help Enable Coaches to Develop Young Men of Character

Apr 09, 2013, 13:00 ET from Verizon

BALTIMORE, April 9, 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 on April 16 for a domestic violence prevention training program entitled, A Call To Coaches: Your Voice Counts.

At the half-day, interactive seminar, to be held at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, coaches and mentors will learn how to foster a healthy manhood, promote healthy relationships and foster positive locker room talk.  Participants will leave the training with a list of action items and free resources that will equip them to continue the conversation with their teams and in their communities.

The training is part of the Verizon Foundation's Your Voice Counts campaign (, which seeks to engage and empower men to speak up and be part of the solution to end domestic violence.  The seminar training materials will soon be available for public download on the Your Voice Counts website.


Tuesday, April 16, 8 a.m.–12 p.m.


Sheraton Inner Harbor

300 S. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21201


  • Chris Canty, Baltimore Ravens linebacker
  • James Brown, CBS sportscaster
  • Joseph T. Jones Jr., president, CEO and founder of the Center For Urban Families
  • Joe Ehrmann, pastor, educator and former Baltimore Colts defensive lineman
  • Willis Whalen, manager of player affairs and development for the NFL Players Association
  • Tony Porter, co-founder of A CALL TO MEN
  • Ted Bunch, co-founder of A CALL TO MEN
  • Wayne Smith, director, Verizon Wireless
  • Susan Sullivan, program director, Verizon Foundation


BACKGROUND:  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.

SOURCE Verizon