Verizon Foundation and A CALL TO MEN Host Free Domestic Violence Prevention Training on May 7 for Coaches in Seattle

Seahawks Tackle Russell Okung, Former Quarterback Jon Kitna and CBS Sportscaster James Brown to Help Enable Coaches to Develop Young Men of Character

May 01, 2013, 17:55 ET from Verizon

SEATTLE, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Verizon Foundation and A CALL TO MEN – a leading national violence prevention organization – will bring together dozens of middle school, high school, college and community coaches on Tuesday (May 7) for a free domestic violence prevention training program entitled, A Call To Coaches: Your Voice Counts.

Hosted at CenturyLink Field, the home stadium of the Seattle Seahawks, the half-day, interactive seminar will teach coaches and mentors 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.

Registration is free and open to the public until Sunday (May 5).  Participants will be capped at 300. To register, visit:

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.

WHEN:  Tuesday, May 7, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. PT

WHERE: West Club Lounge, CenturyLink Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle.


  • Russell Okung, Seattle Seahawks Left Tackle
  • Jon Kitna, former Seattle Seahawks quarterback, teacher and head football coach at Lincoln High School (Tacoma, Wash.)
  • William Gay, Pittsburgh Steeler
  • Gordon Banks, former NFL Player
  • James Brown, CBS sportscaster
  • Tony Porter, co-founder of A CALL TO MEN
  • Ted Bunch, co-founder of A CALL TO MEN
  • Susan Sullivan, program director, Verizon Foundation

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.

SOURCE Verizon