Attendees of the 2017 Ontario Soccer Summit were recently witness to the keynote address by Sheldon Kennedy, the Co-founder of the Respect Group, which provides empowering online abuse, bullying and harassment prevention education to sport organizations, schools and the workplace.

The speech, which was released publicly Monday, has sent ripples through the Ontario community around the need for abuse education and the role and responsibilities of coaches and administrators. A former National Hockey League player, Kennedy has been instrumental in bringing governments, public and private sector partners together to influence policy change and improve the way child abuse is handled.

A victim of abuse himself during his career, Kennedy has delivered a special message directly to the Ontario Soccer community. We encourage you to share this with your friends and family to spread awareness of the issue.

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Source: Ontario Soccer information bulletin