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Preds Honored by Nashville YWCA

Academy for Women of Achievement (AWA) Present Predators with Annual Corporate Award

by AJ Mazzolini @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

While the guys were taking care of business in Philadelphia on the road, the Nashville Predators were being honored by the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee for their community work at home.

The 2017 Academy for Women of Achievement (AWA) presented the Predators organization with its annual corporate award Thursday. With the Preds out of town playing the Flyers, Tracey Henry and Kristen Laviolette - the wives of Predators CEO and President Sean Henry and head coach Peter Laviolette - were among those present to accept the award.

"This is a personal, a business and a community achievement," began Tracey Henry. "It's really emotional and humbling to be part of all those at the same time. We're proud to represent the Predators tonight."

Sean Henry and the Predators have worked closely with the YWCA and its former president and CEO Patricia Glaser Shea since getting involved in 2014 with AMEND, or Men Ending Domestic Abuse.

The ultimate goal of AMEND and the Preds, Sean Henry said ahead of Thursday's ceremony, is to make Nashville the safest city in America for women and girls. Such a goal helped Henry earn recognition as Tennessean Sports Person of the Year for 2016, and that spirit is what caught the AWA's attention this fall.

The AWA honors women who, through excellence and leadership in their chosen fields, serve as role models for other women. Seven local women were honored along with the Predators organization Thursday, joining the 151 prior AWA inductees dating back to 1992.

This year's theme was "Still I Rise," an embodiment of empowerment.

"'Still I Rise' is about triumph over adversity," explained YMCA Board Chair Janet Miller. "All of us in this room care about humanity and justice and for women everywhere to never give up."

There's a responsibility the Predators don't take lightly as an organization prominently in the public eye. That's a platform that can be used for change, Kristen Laviolette said.

"To be a sports team in this city that has such amazing support from our fan base, we want to be able to put our positive message out there and support them in conjunction with an organization like this," she said.

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