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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:22

Buckeye State Capital Embraces Game Changer

 
 
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The Buckeye State Embraces Game Changer
NFL Network Covers 1st Event Outside of California Featuring Community Members, 
NFL Legends and Local Law Enforcement 
 
 
 
 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (February, 7 2018) – On Thursday, January 25, 2018 Nonprofit organization Embrace delivered its Game Changer law enforcement/community relations model to The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The San Diego, California-based model made its Buckeye State debut thanks to the combined sponsorship efforts of Buckeye great and CBS Sports Analyst Clark Kellogg, Chief Kim Jacobs of the Columbus Division of Police, Sheriff Dallas Baldwin of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and The Ohio State University Athletics Department and Athletics Director, Gene Smith.
 
 
 
 
Photo Credit: Jaron Murphy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3 hours before the start of the Ohio State/Penn State Men’s Basketball game at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, 6 members of law enforcement representing the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and the Columbus Division of Police and 13 non-law enforcement members of the community gathered to participate in a 2 hour, 45-minute moderated focus group to discuss community problems and work on solutions. 2 members of law enforcement were on hand to observe, including Ohio State University Police Chief Craig Stone, as were 2 lay members of the community. Columbus Division of Police Chief Kim Jacobs was on hand to deliver opening remarks. Event space, 3 course dinner and game tickets were donated by the Ohio State Athletic Department.
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
Clark Kellogg, NFL Players Coalition Co-Founder Anquan Boldin and 4 NFL Legends (Frank Stams, Raymont Harris, Ikechuku Ndukwe and Bobby Carpenter) were among focus group participants that spent the better part of 2 hours discussing various problems that exist between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Topics of discussion included traffic stop behavior, respect, trust, race, and shared responsibility. The featured topic of conversation was mental health and well being among members of law enforcement. 
 
The remaining hour was spent in small groups that included at least one member of law enforcement where the participants focused on devising solutions to problems - together. Once the focus group concluded, most participants attended the OSU/Penn State basketball game together to spend time building bridges, mending fences, socializing and cheering on the Buckeyes. The NFL Network was on hand to film the entire event.
 
 
 
 
Photo Credit: Jaron Murphy
 
 
 
 
Feedback from event participants was rooted in practicality and optimism. "Game Changer was a very positive, enlightening event. The discussion between officers and members of the community inspired me to reconsider some of the ways I interact with the public as a law enforcement officer and supervisor. I believe with Game Changer, we can make real strides in the relationships between law enforcement and the community," stated Columbus Division of Police Sergeant, Dana Hess. 
 
Civilian participant and NFL Legend, Frank Stams added, “Game Changer is bringing entire communities across the nation closer together by sitting down with each other to talk about that life under the hoodie or reveal the former cheerleader behind the badge.” 
 
Game Changer creates safe space for lay members of the community, law enforcement, and elected officials to discuss problems and devise solutions together during moderated focus groups that take place 3 hours before the start of collegiate and professional sporting events. At the focus group conclusion, all participants attend the game together to build bridges, mend fences and spend quality time together.
 
Over a 14 month period Game Changer has hosted 34 events with over 400 members of law enforcement and non-law enforcement members of the community. Planning is underway for a Game Changer event in Virginia and a return engagement in Columbus, Ohio.
 
 
 
 
For more information on Game Changer and future events please visit www.GameChanger1.org
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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:24

Game Changer Model Coming to the Buckeye State

 
 
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Game Changer Model Coming to the Buckeye State
The Ohio State University Athletic Department, the Columbus Division of Police and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department
 
 
 
 
San Diego, Calif. (January 9, 2018)– Nonprofit organization Embrace will be bringing the Game Changer model to The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, January 25, 2018.  The focus group portion of the event will begin 3 hours before the OSU Men’s Basketball team takes on Penn State at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Bringing the San Diego-based law enforcement/community relations model to the Buckeye State was made possible by The Ohio State University Athletic Department, the Columbus Division of Police and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department. 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
Game Changer creates safe space for lay members of the community, law enforcement, and elected officials to discuss problems and devise solutions together during moderated focus groups that take place 3 hours before the start of collegiate and professional sporting events. At the focus group conclusion, all participants attend the game together to build bridges, mend fences and spend quality time together.
 
Distinguished OSU alumnus and CBS Sports Basketball Analyst Clark Kellogg spearheaded the effort to bring Game Changer to his alma mater through the athletic department and Athletic Director Gene Smith. San Diego Police Department Chief, Shelley Zimmerman, an OSU alumnus herself, reached out to Columbus Division of Police Chief and OSU alumnus, Kim Jacobs, to extol the virtues of Game Changer, leading to the desire for the Columbus, Ohio law enforcement agency to participate and sponsor an event in their backyard. Chief Jacobs reached out to the Franklin County Sheriff, Dallas Baldwin, who signed off on Sheriff Department participation and sponsorship. NFL Players Coalition member and recently retired NFL Pro Bowler Anquan Boldin will be participating.
 
Chief Jacobs had this to say about the Columbus Division of Police’s participation and support of the program: “The importance of dialogue cannot be understated. Sharing ideas, thoughts, and feelings is how we can all begin to understand a perspective not our own. Game Changer creates communication that matters between law enforcement and community members in a manner that builds camaraderie and breaks down barriers.” 
 
The model has received rave reviews from law enforcement and non-law enforcement participants, and is being viewed as a viable, replicable solution to remedy the unrest between law enforcement and many communities around the country. The program currently partners with 14 law enforcement agencies on the local, state and federal level in San Diego County as well as over a dozen nonprofit organizations and provides academic credit to college student interns.
 
Current college students, members of law enforcement, members of the business community and various Columbus residents will participate in the exclusive 20-person event. Game Changer hosted 30 such events in San Diego in 2017, collecting perception/behavior related data from well over 300 participants.
 
 
 
 
For more information on Game Changer and future events please visit www.GameChanger1.org
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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 18:22

Game Changer Program Receives Additional Funding

 
 
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Game Changer Program Receives Additional Funding
San Diego County Sheriff Department, San Diego County District Attorney's Office and QBE Insurance Group Foundation Are the Latest to Invest in the Community Engagment Model
 
 
 
 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (November 28, 2017) – Nonprofit organization Embrace has received additional funding for the Game Changer program. The San Diego County Sheriff Department recently awarded the program with a $10,000 grant to support operations and costs associated with implementation and expansion in San Diego, CA. The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office has invested $7,500. The QBE Insurance Group Foundation also recently awarded the program with a $5,000 grant.
 
 
 
 
San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore Presents Check to Game Changer Founder Sean Sheppard
 
 
 
 
San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore lauded Game Changer and its work to create quality time and dialogue between law enforcement and community members. "Sometimes the best way to find common ground is to find a common interest and Game Changer helps to make that happen. This is a safe way for the exchange of ideas and the genesis of a new way of thinking – for everyone."

The two San Diego county government agencies and the publicly traded insurance provider foundation joined a growing list of investors in the 11-month-old program that includes The San Diego Police Department, Alliance Healthcare Foundation (AHF), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), San Diego County Board of Supervisors, the Urban League of San Diego County, the San Diego Harbor Police Department and the San Diego Police Officers Association, totaling over $65,000 invested in the model over the past 6 months.
 
To donate to Game Changer click here.
 
 
 
 
San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan Presents Check to Game Changer Founder Sean Sheppard
 
 
 
 
“Game Changer is a way for law enforcement to interact with the community and talk about tough topics. There’s no better time for this,” said San Diego County District Attorney, Summer Stephan.
 
Game Changer currently partners with 13 law enforcement agencies on the local, state and federal level. Since December, 2016, Game Changer has hosted 132 unique law enforcement participants and 202 unique civilian participants due to key partnerships with the University of San Diego, The County of San Diego, SDG&E, the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego State University, The San Diego Padres and the San Diego Gulls. The model provides education to participants while increasing understanding, familiarity, comfort and a greater sense of human connection through time spent communicating during the focus group, followed by socializing at a sporting/entertainment event. The program currently provides academic credit to student interns at the University of San Diego.
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
For more information on Game Changer and future events please visit www.GameChanger1.org
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Friday, 22 September 2017 17:13

Media Alert: 3 September Game Changer Events

 
 
Creating Safe Space for Dialogue Between CommYOUnity & Law Enforcement Through Sports
Are you a Game Changer?
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEBSITE:    www.GameChanger1.org
 
Embrace will be hosting 3 Game Changer events in September featuring San Diego District Attorney, Summer Stephan, San Diego County Chief Probation Officer, Adolfo Gonzales and San Diego Community College District Police Chief Raymund Aguirre.
 
Game Changer events consist of focus groups between community, law enforcement, members of the justice system and elected officials for respectful, informative dialogue to address problems and solutions in the community, 3 hours before local sports team game/entertainment events. Once the focus group concludes, all participants attend the San Diego Padres or USD football game together to bond and connect as fellow citizens.
 
 
WHO:     EMBRACE is a San Diego-based, 501 C 3 nonprofit organization that utilizes multi-cultural college student volunteers to serve less fortunate members of veteran and civilian communities. The organization is built on the philosophy that serving less fortunate members of society brings people together, irrespective of race, religion or sexual orientation.
 
WHEN:     Monday, September 18, 2017 4:00pm – 8:00pm
                 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 4:00pm – 8:00pm
                      Saturday, September 23, 2017 11:00am – 3:00pm
 
WHERE  All events take place in San Diego, CA
 
September 18, Sempra Energy Building: 
488 8th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 
 
September 19, San Diego Convention Center:
111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
 
September 23, USD 
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thank You to Our Sponsors: 
 
 
Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:59

Game Changer Program Receives Local Government Funding

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Game Changer Program Receives Local Government Funding 
San Diego Police Department heads recent group of entities 
to invest in the Community Engagement Model
 
 
 
 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (August 9, 2017) – Nonprofit organization Embrace has received additional funding for the recently launched Game Changer program. The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) recently awarded the program with a $24,500 grant to support operations and costs associated with implementation and expansion in San Diego, CA. SDPD joined a growing list of investors in the 8-month-old program that includes Alliance Healthcare Foundation (AHF), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), San Diego County, the Urban League of San Diego County and the San Diego Police Officers Association, totaling $37,500.
 
 
 
 
Game Changer 2017 Informational Video
 
 
 
 
Game Changer utilizes sport/entertainment events to create safe space for dialogue and understanding between law enforcement, members of the judicial and legislative branches of local government and lay members of the community. Rooted in behavioral psychology, Game Changer is designed to bring about changes in perception, leading to changes in behavior, leading to a greater number of peaceful outcomes. The model provides education to participants while increasing understanding, familiarity, comfort and a greater sense of human connection through time spent communicating during the focus group, followed by socializing at a sporting/entertainment event.
 
“We are proud to support Embrace through the SAFE San Diego initiative. Game Changer is helping to generate new ideas and form meaningful connections that in turn help create safer communities,” said Penney Newell, SDG&E Senior Community Relations Manager.
 
San Diego Police Department Chief Shelley Zimmerman added, “Sports bring us all together and unite us around a common goal much like the Game Changer program. With Game Changer, we are able to open lines of communication and strengthen the bonds we share with our community. The relationships we build carry out into the field to help keep San Diego safe”.
 
Since December, 2016, Embrace has hosted over 160 participants at 13 Game Changer events. Seven Game Changer events are scheduled for the month of August, 2017, with several additional events in September, 2017 thanks to multiple community partners which includes ticket donations from the San Diego Padres, Fox Sports and Tickets for Kids Charities.
 
For more information on Game Changer and future events please visit
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Friday, 19 May 2017 17:15

Fox Sports Game Changer Segment Online

Fox Sports Game Changer Segment Online

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We're happy to announce that anyone can check out the entire FOX Sports San Diego #GameChanger Segments (no commercials) in the links below. Thank you Tom Catlin for thinking enough of our work to feature it so prominently. Thank you to Nancy Worlie and Tom Karlo for allowing lift off at KPBS. Thank you to Nancy Sasaki Elizabeth S. Dreicer and Alliance Healthcare Foundation for responding to our responsive grant request. Thank you to Matt Soria for allowing #GameChanger to launch at Aztec Basketball - SDSU games! #ItTakesAVillage

 

Game Changer Pt. 1:
https://youtu.be/O6GBkmyS7Pg

Game Changer Part 2:
https://youtu.be/0c64z3ed3A8

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 23:33

FOX SPORTS TELEVISION TO AIR 30-MINUTE SHOW ON EMBRACE’S GAME CHANGER PROGRAM

 
   
 
 
 
FOX SPORTS TELEVISION TO AIR 30-MINUTE SHOW ON EMBRACE’S GAME CHANGER PROGRAM
Police/Community Relations model that utilizes sports will be featured on
“Inside San Diego Sports”
 
 
 
 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Thursday, May 11, 2017) – On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 10:30pm PST, Fox Sports San Diego (FSSD) will air a 30 minute television show featuring Game Changer, the Police/Community relations model program created by Embrace. Air times and cable provider channels can be found below.
 
FOX SPORTS TV GAME CHANGER AIR TIMES 
(All times are Pacific Standard Time)
 
Tuesday, May 16, 2017: 10:30 pm or following the Padres postgame show
 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 : 3:00am, 8:30am, 1:30pm, 6:00pm and 10:30pm
 
Thursday, May 18, 2017: 4:00pm
 
Friday, May 19, 2017: 6:00pm and 11:30pm
 
Saturday, May 20, 2017: 9:30am
 
Sunday, May 21, 2017: 5:30pm
 
FOX SPORTS SAN DIEGO CHANNELS
 
AT&T U-verse: 776 and 1776 (HD)
Cox: San Diego: 56 and 1056 (HD) Las Vegas: 96 and 1096 (HD)
Tucson: 73 and 1073 (HD)
DIRECTV: 694 (SD and HD)
Dish: 408 & 439 HD
Time Warner Cable: San Diego: 61 and 322; El Centro: 20 and 322
Desert Cities/Desert Hot Springs: 76 and 322; Yuma: 70 and 322; Hawaii: 227
Verizon: 80 and 580 (HD) *launching
 
Game Changer utilizes sports to create safe space for dialogue and understanding between police officers and lay members of the community. Game Changer is a response to the many instances of often-preventable violence between law enforcement and members of the community, particularly communities of color.
 
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The model is rooted in behavioral psychology and educates while increasing understanding, familiarity, comfort and a greater sense of human connection through time spent communicating about issues and solutions. Data is collected before and after each event to measure changes in perception. The focus groups occur 3 hours before the start of a sporting/entertainment event and last for approximately 2.75 hours.
 
Once the focus groups conclude, all participants immediately attend the sporting/entertainment event to bond, continue conversing and spend quality human time together while rooting on the home team. Game Changer aims to bring about changes in perception, leading to changes in behavior, leading to a greater number of peaceful outcomes.
 
For more information on Game Changer and future events please visit www.ImaGameChanger.org
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 16:56

Alliance Healthcare Foundation Provides Embrace’s Game Changer Program with $25,000 Grant

 
   
 
 
 
Alliance Healthcare Foundation Provides Embrace’s Game Changer
Program with $25,000 Grant
Responsive Grant funds will further develop Police/Community Wellness Model 
 
 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (March 21, 2017) – Embrace recently received a $25,000 Responsive Grant from Alliance Healthcare Foundation (AHF) to assist with the development of the Game Changer model. Game Changer utilizes sports to create safe space for dialogue and understanding between police officers and lay members of the community. According to the Alliance Healthcare Foundation website, the criteria to receive Responsive Grants include: target population, evidence base for program design, geographic location of program, strengths and weaknesses in request, and budget, among others. Responsive grants may be: time-sensitive, a novel funding opportunity or leadership & organizational development-based.
 
 
 
 
San Diego Union Tribune Newspaper Game Changer Video
 
 
 
 
“Alliance Healthcare Foundation is excited to participate with Game Changer as we explore ways to impact health and wellness through violence reduction,” said Alliance Healthcare Foundation Executive Director, Nancy Sasaki. “Game Changer is a powerful way to reconnect as humans with respect and understanding by hearing each other’s story and creating positive shared experiences.”
 
 
Game Changer events have occurred every month at San Diego State University since the program launched on December 12, 2016. Additional events are scheduled to occur with the San Diego Padres during the months of April and May 2017. The number of events and where they occur beyond May, 2017 will depend upon funding and additional partners that include high schools, universities and professional sports teams.
 
“We deeply appreciate AHF’s support that addresses an age-old societal issue in an innovative, unifying manner,” said Embrace Founder and Game Changer creator, Sean Sheppard. Early efficacy results lead us to believe that the program’s immediate and foreseeable future is extremely bright.”
 
For more information on Game Changer and future events please visit www.ImaGameChanger.org
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