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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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