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Teal For Change Remembers George Floyd

by Teal For Change @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

We know that this past year has been tough on everyone, from dealing with a global pandemic to fighting for individual rights and social justice issues.

With the horrific murder of George Floyd happening a year ago today, it sparked a lot. Pain, anger, and sadness were at the top of the list, but it also was a catalyst for new conversations we never had personally or as an organization.

For us at the San Jose Sharks, it also started the creation of our Teal For Change Council in hopes that we could help drive change not only within our organization but also in our own community

As a group, we recently reflected on the horrific events that occurred last May, then asked ourselves, "how has this past year affected you personally and professionally and what do you hope comes out of this action of change?"

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How Ramadan Helped Me Bond with My Sharks Colleagues

A Story From Teal For Change

by Mohamed Fofana / sjsharks.com

A member of our inaugural Teal For Change Council, Mohamed Fofana shares an inside look into what it's been like to share his celebration of Ramadan with the rest of Team Teal as part of our Teal For Change Blog:

This is my fifth season going through the month of Ramadan here with the San Jose Sharks and it's been a different experience every year.

Ramadan is a special month for many practicing Muslims. It is considered one of the holiest Islamic months and also one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

During the month of Ramadan, many practicing Muslims fast from sun up to sundown, which means abstaining from food and water; yes, even water throughout the entire day. Fasting is considered to be an act of worship that enables Muslims to feel closer to God and strengthen their spiritual health and self-discipline.

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Sharks Evander Kane Wears O'Ree-inspired Skates

by Missy Zielinski @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

Sharks forward Evander Kane got a very special gift on the road in St. Louis this week.

A custom pair of Bauer hockey skates honoring Willie O'Ree and celebrating Black History Month.

Kane was one of a select number of NHL players who received a pair of skates and had the opportunity to wear them on the ice.

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My Story: A Black Woman in Hockey

A Member of our Sharks Sports & Entertainment Family Shares How Hockey Impacted Her Life

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A member of the women's hockey community and the Sharks Sports & Entertainment family who wishes to remain anonymous tells us more about how hockey and Oakland Ice Center has impacted her life as a Black woman as part of our Teal For Change Blog:
 

1) Give us a little background on you. Where did you play, how you started playing, how long, position?

"I started playing hockey when I was 15 years old. It was kind of a late start, but I played basketball as a kid until I was 14 years old. Unfortunately, our school no longer had enough kids to complete a full basketball team, so we had to disband. A few of my friends that I would spend most of my time with recently had watched "The Mighty Ducks" and expressed how cool it would be to play hockey at an ice rink. We often played street hockey to pass the time, but we had no clue what we were doing and absolutely did not know any rules or proper techniques when it came to hockey, including not having the correct equipment, but we enjoyed skating. We finally decided to take initiative on where and how we could start playing ice hockey and found The Oakland Ice Center."
 

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Sharks to Celebrate Black History Night on February 15

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

SAN JOSE, CA - In observance of Black History Month, the San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) will host Black History Night presented by the Teal For Change Council on Monday, February 15 prior to its home game vs. the Anaheim Ducks at 7:30 p.m. Virtual activations will include a panel discussion for fans focusing on diversity and inclusion from 6 - 7 p.m., a Sharks player-worn jersey auction with proceeds benefitting the African American Community Service Agency in San Jose, and much more.

"The San Jose Sharks are proud to host Black History Night, another opportunity to provide an outlet for all parties to come together to continue the conversation about diversity and inclusion and how we can continue to make progress in our own community," said Heather Hooper, Director of Community Relations and Sharks Foundation. "This promises to be an excellent chance for fans to listen and be heard and I hope that many will take advantage by registering and participating."

Sharks Black History Night activities will begin at 6 p.m. with a free, virtual panel discussion for fans that will focus on the role professional teams and players play in dismantling the social injustice and inequity in America. The panel will feature Milan Balinton, Executive Director of the African American Community Service Agency in San Jose as well as several Sharks executives, including President Jonathan Becher (@JBecher), and members of the Sharks Teal For Change Council. The panel discussion will last an hour and is free to all registrants. To register for the Black History Night Panel Discussion, click here.

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Black History Month: Alumni Profiles

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

As part of Black History Month, the Sharks are recognizing Black players and staff from our organization through our Alumni Profiles presented by SAP.

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The Moment I fell in Love with the Game

A Story From Teal For Change

by Kristina Goodchild @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

A member of our inaugural Teal For Change Council, Kristina Goodchild, recollects on the impact that representation in the game of hockey has played on her love of the game as part of our Teal For Change Blog.

Mike McHugh, Dale Craigwell, Mike Grier, Derek Joslin, Jamal Mayers, Joel Ward, and Evander Kane. A few months ago, only two of those names would have rung a bell in my head. Now, each of those men's names mean so much more.

I grew up in Southern California and did not get much exposure to the sport of hockey, let alone see a hockey arena in person. So, in 2018 when I was offered a position with the San Jose Sharks, I did not understand entirely what I was accepting.

Of course, I had heard the big hockey names over the years, like Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Teemu Selanne (one of the bigger hockey names that came from the West Coast) and Wayne Gretzky (thanks to Michael Scott from theTV show "The Office").

Now, as a multi-racial woman, who grew up with a black father, I understand why I did not gravitate to hockey growing up: because there was no one who looked like me in a sea of white faces.

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Mental Health Resources

by Ann Frazier and Jon Perry / sjsharks.com

Mental health is always important in more "normal" times, but with the isolation and mental stress caused by the pandemic, it is more critical than ever. 

Today is Bell Let's Talk Day, an annual day dedicated to fundraising for mental health initiatives in Canada. While we aren't Canadian, we fully support this day, and wanted to go even further and share some resources that those in the Bay Area can either support or take advantage of. We consulted with the Sharks Foundation for this list of non-profits to check out. 

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Teal For Change: Resources

by Teal for Change / sjsharks.com

The Teal for Change Council has gathered a list of educational materials within the diversity and inclusion space:

TO LISTEN
About Race(Podcast)
Code Switch (Podcast)
In Black America (Podcast)
Intersectionality Matters! (Podcast)
Kinswoman (Podcast)

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