Photo courtesy of Gino Sgovio
On April 27, 2012 the Pickering Soccer Club (“PSC”) held a pre-season exhibition game at Kinsmen Park, Pickering for local area soccer enthusiasts. Although the game was strictly for fun, the full extent of the event included a very serious message. With the help of MPP Joe Dickson, MPP Tracy MacCharles, Deputy Mayor and Councillor Ward 2 Doug Dickerson, Keith Faloner President of the Pickering East Shore Community Association and various local business owners, the PSC launched a STOP THE BULLYING NOW campaign.
During the 2012 season, referees will don vests with highly visible “STOP THE BULLYING NOW!” logos during the regular weekly scheduled Pickering games. It is expected that this message will not only be seen, but taken to heart by thousands of people, players, parents and spectators alike throughout the 2012 outdoor season. The purpose is quite simple: “generate discussions and open healthy and vital dialogue between children and their parents,” reads the April 16 press release from the PSC.
Since this is the first initiative of its kind in Canada, the PSC has put the challenge out to other Canadian sporting organizations to join in the fight to end bullying everywhere.
For more information on the Stop the Bullying Now campaign or on the Pickering Soccer Club, please contact: www.pickeringsoccer.com