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KSE Charities and Western Union Team Up on Diversity & Inclusion Program

Representatives discussed social and racial issues, the importance of education and more as part of Common Goals

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Athletes Using Their Platform

Diversity Panel: Athletes Using Their Platform

Avalanche TV's Rachel Richlinski talks about athletes using their platform for issues they care about in the Western Union Diversity Panel

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Kroenke Sports Charities is proud to introduce Common Goals, presented by Western Union, a program that equips learners with the information and skills necessary to create a respectful and welcoming environment for everyone.

Over the course of the 2020-2021 academic year, the program has provided students at five (5) Colorado high schools with the opportunity to learn about diversity and inclusion concepts through EVERFI's online "Diversity Foundations For High School" course. Topics of identity, bias, power, privilege and oppression were all covered in the course.

"It is our privilege to provide the Common Goals curriculum to high school students throughout Colorado," said KSE vice president of community relations Deb Dowling. "We are honored to give students an opportunity to learn about vital social issues including identity, bias, power, privilege, and oppression. We are grateful to corporate partner Western Union for supporting this important program."

As part of the Common Goals program, students recently had the opportunity to view a virtual panel where representatives from the Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and Western Union discussed topics ranging from the importance of education to social and racial issues and how to be an ally, hosted by Altitude Sports' Chris Dempsey. Panel participants included Avalanche in-game reporter Rachel Richlinski, Nuggets community ambassador Ervin Johnson and public address announcer Kyle Speller and Western Union global internal communications manager Reggie Adams.

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About Kroenke Sports Charities 

Kroenke Sports Charities is committed to improving lives through the spirit and power of sports. We strive to serve our community through education, health and fitness initiatives, athletic programs, and direct aid, with the particular purpose of helping families, children, veterans, and the disabled. Kroenke Sports Charities provides relevant programs and support, directly and with other nonprofit organizations, to ultimately assist, encourage, and enrich the lives of those in need. To learn more, visit

About Western Union

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a global leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement and payments. Western Union's platform provides seamless cross-border flows and its leading global financial network bridges more than 200 countries and territories and over 130 currencies. We connect businesses, financial institutions, governments, and consumers through one of the world's widest reaching networks, accessing billions of bank accounts, millions of digital wallets and cards, and over half a million retail locations. Western Union connects the world to bring boundless possibilities within reach. For more information, visit

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