FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, November 21, 2019
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes President & CEO Ahron Cohen will receive the prestigious Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti- Defamation League (ADL) tomorrow morning during the non-profit organization's annual breakfast event. The award, ADL's highest honor, was established to recognize individuals who have exhibited extraordinary humanitarianism, and whose everyday actions exemplify the principles of opportunity, anti-discrimination, equal rights, community involvement and fairness for all.
"The Torch of Liberty is our annual event where we honor extraordinary individuals who exemplify the principles of the ADL," said Carlos Galindo-Elvira, ADL Arizona regional director. "Many of the individuals who we honor have shown civic engagement, community involvement and a commitment to unite people of all races, religions and ethnic backgrounds. Ahron possesses an incredible biography that really aligns and matches that of the ADL. He's such a nice person, and it's been a pleasure working with him."
"I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from the Anti-Defamation League," said Cohen. "I am blessed and fortunate to be thought of in the same sentence as Arizona leaders I have admired and been influenced by for years. This award is truly a team effort and I am so thankful to our team at the Arizona Coyotes who join me in using our platform to effectuate positive change and make this community a better place to live. Having been involved with the ADL for many years now, this Torch of Liberty Award has a profound meaning for me and my family."
One of Cohen's core initiatives as President & CEO has been to expand the organization's interconnectivity with the Arizona community, expand its outreach efforts and grow and develop new Coyotes fans. As a result, the Coyotes philanthropy has seen a large increase. During the past fiscal year, the Coyotes contributed a franchise-record $3.4 million back into the Arizona community. Cohen also initiated a mandate for all Coyotes employees to volunteer at least 15 hours per year of community service.
Cohen is significantly involved in the greater Phoenix business and philanthropic communities, serving as a Board member for the Arizona Coyotes Foundation, co-chair of Greater Phoenix Leadership's Arts & Culture Committee, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the Arizona Tourism & Lodging Association, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona Advisory Board, the ASU Sports Law & Business Advisory Board, the Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission, the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Endowment Board and the ASU Law School Alumni Board. He has also been involved with the Arizona chapter of the Anti-Defamation League and the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations.
Cohen attended law school at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where he served as an Editor of the Arizona State Law Journal, graduated Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif, and received the Pro Bono Award with Distinction for his contributions to the Phoenix community. Prior to law school, Cohen attended Bowdoin College where he played running back for the Polar Bears' football team and was one of fifty college football players to be named as an All-American by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
In receiving the annual Torch of Liberty Award, Cohen will join an extraordinary group of individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to the social, economic, cultural and environmental well-being of our community. Past honorees include Senator John McCain, Jerry Colangelo, Senator Jon Kyl, ASU President Michael Crow, and Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall, among others, each of whom have made an indelible imprint on the quality of life and economic development of the Valley and the state of Arizona, providing strong leadership in all dimensions.
This year's Chairs are Adam Lang, Partner at Snell & Wilmer, Neil Giuliano, CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership, and Jennifer Kaplan, Founder, President & CEO at evolve PR & Marketing.
Proceeds from the 2019 Torch of Liberty Community Breakfast assist ADL Arizona to provide educational programs, law enforcement training and incident response.
Any media interested in attending the event should contact the Coyotes Communications department for details.