Nashville Predators President and CEO Sean Henry received quite a surprise on Thursday during the monthly meeting of the Nashville Metropolitan Sports Authority board meeting, held at Bridgestone Arena.
Thanks to his tireless work in the community, particularly with MEND - an initiative dedicated to ending violence against women and girls by engaging and educating men and boys - Henry was honored with a proclamation from the state of Tennessee, presented by Representative Bill Beck.
Henry's work with MEND began more than two years ago when he met with now CEO Emeritus of the Nashville YWCA, Patricia Glaser Shea. Since then, the support for the project has grown exponentially, including the Preds and the Nashville Predators Foundation teaming up with Allstate this past January to donate $500,000 to MEND over a five-year span.
Predators players Mike Fisher, P.K. Subban, Ryan Ellis and Austin Watson have also gotten involved in the initiate, a cause that continues to gain steam with the end goal to make Nashville the safest city in the nation for women and girls.
As far as Shea is concerned, there's no one else she'd rather have helping to lead that charge than Henry.
"Sean brings his compassion and his own ethics, but what he really brings is leadership in the city," Shea said after the honor was presented. "He's a respected father, he's respected as a business leader, he's respected as a community philanthropist, so all of that coming forward and saying he's going to help end violence against women and girls makes it easier for other men to step up. Having someone like him lead it is really critical."
For more information on MEND and how to get involved, visit ywcanashville.org/programs/mend.