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Hockey Is For Everyone uses the game of hockey - and the League's global influence - to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities.

As part of this league-wide initiative, the San Jose Sharks host various events throughout the season which celebrate inclusion in sports, including girls, those with disabilities, special needs, low income, and LGBTQ hockey.

Each team also has a designated Hockey Is for Everyone Player Ambassador to promote the League's broad diversity and inclusion initiatives. Evander Kane serves as the Sharks Ambassador and as a leader in the locker room, a leader in the community, and a public advocate to speak up and inspire others.

Hockey Is For Everyone Night

The Sharks hosted Hockey is for Everyone Night on March 31.

The night included a special Hockey is For Everyone jersey worn by Sharks players during warmups. Many of their sticks were also taped with Pride tape. Our team partners joined the initiative by sharing messages of equality on the SAP Center dasherboards.

The night also included American Sign Language Interpreter, Dane Lentz, who joined the Sharks for pre- and post-game media availability and interpreted the National Anthem.

Dane Lentz ASL Interpreter

For the first time ever, an American Sign Language Interpreter, Dane Lentz, joined us on Hockey Is for Everyone Night

Over the course of the day, Lentz interpreted pre- and post-game media for players and coaches, as well as the National Anthem before puck drop.

Mo's Story

This is Mohamed "Mo" Fofana, a member of our front office and an amazing artist.

Mo had a vision for our Black History Month warmups jerseys that quickly came to life and were worn during the Sharks warmups as a part of the month. His design was also sold on t-shirts and hoodies.

Last June, Mo created a special Junteenth piece - the Shark biting through chains of systemic racism symbolizes the important role that sports teams play in taking a stand and recognizing that change starts within.

Mo's artwork quickly came to life on t-shirts, which were sold on Juneteenth. Sales from the t-shirts benefitted the African American Community Service Agency in San Jose. The Sharks also matched proceeds from shirt sales.

Together we stand with Mo.

Teal Town Heroes: Mohamed

Sharks Account Executive Mohamed Fofana was asked to create a piece of art for Juneteenth, and ending up raising $17,000 for a nonprofit.

  • May 19, 2021 • 03:57

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