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

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

Mar 13, 2013, 08:00 ET from Verizon

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 (, 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.


Thursday, March 14

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.         


Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel

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
  • Mark Carrier, former Carolina Panther
  • Chris Canty, former New York Giant
  • Susan Sullivan, Verizon Foundation

SOURCE Verizon