The Pittsburgh Penguins received the 2011 Vanguard Diversity Award from the Community College of Allegheny County at a ceremony last week on the CCAC campus.
The Vanguard Diversity Awards are given annually to businesses, individuals or non-profit organizations that have demonstrated exemplary leadership, vision or service in promoting diversity and inclusion in Allegheny County and the Greater Pittsburgh area. Nominees are identified in three categories: Individual Trailblazer, College, and Organizational.
The Penguins’ organization offers an annual scholarship program for inner city youth to “enable them to improve their personal circumstances and professional opportunities,” as the awards committee said.
The Penguins also signed an historic Community Benefits Agreement with the Hill District community as part of their new arena project. They made a $1 million commitment to a new grocery store in the Hill District, and supported a new jobs referral center in the Hill. The Penguins organization is proud that more than 40 percent of the new hires at CONSOL Energy Center, the Cambria Suites Hotel and TGI Friday’s have come through the jobs center.
In addition, the team also has an inner city youth hockey program known as Pittsburgh ICE (Inclusion Creates Equality).
CEO/President David Morehouse accepted on behalf of Penguins owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle.
“The Pittsburgh Penguins are humbled to receive the 2011 Vanguard Diversity Award,” Morehouse said. “And we’ll continue to be proactive in regard to diversity, inclusion and creating opportunities – especially for the young people of the city and the region.”