Registration Nears 40K for TELUS BE BRAVE #EndBullying Online Event

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club today announced registration for the TELUS BE BRAVE #EndBullying Online Event has eclipsed 38,000 students.

Traditionally held as an #EndBullying hockey game at Scotiabank Saddledome in front of over 12,000 students, this year’s event is moving online due to COVID-19 restrictions.  It will be streamed live at on Pink Shirt Day, Wednesday, February 24th.  Delivered virtually, a series of three 50 minute presentations will target three difference audiences, encouraging students to be kind and stay safe online.

·       9:00 a.m. Elementary classes

·       10:00 a.m. Middle and Junior High classes

·       11:00 a.m. High School Classes

TELUS Wise ambassador, Calgary Stampeders alumnus, and member of the Calgary Fire Department Randy Chevrier will be the host while Singer, Songwriter, Speaker and Founder/CEO of ‘No Time for That’ Elsie Morden will share her powerful message with students.  Both speakers are presented by A1 Chesney Service Experts with special appearances from Hitmen players Luke Prokop, Riley Stotts and Jackson van de Leest.

Students are encouraged to share their messages of kindness leading up to and including the day of the virtual event by using the hashtag #TELUSBEBRAVE.  All notes of kindness will be posted to the BE BRAVE Wall, shown during the presentation and posted on social media.

The TELUS BE BRAVE #EndBullying Online Event is open to all schools and is FREE of charge.  Teachers can register their classes to participate at up until the morning of the event.  Registration opened February 4th with entries representing more than 500 classes, some from as far away as British Columbia and Manitoba.

Every class that attends will be entered into a draw for a Buddy Bench courtesy of TELUS and receive a complementary TELUS BE BRAVE resource package.  A Buddy Bench is constructed on a school playground and encourages kids to look out for one another so no one feels left out.  Children who are feeling lonely can simply sit down and wait for other kids to reach out to them. One study of students in Grades 1-6 found introducing a buddy bench led to a more social recess time.  It also found up to 24% fewer students were engaged in solitary recess behavior once the buddy bench was installed.

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