AEG’s Los Angeles Kings recently announced a partnership with Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) to train youth and adults in violence prevention programs in Los Angeles-area schools and communities. The announcement was made at a press event at Hermosa Valley School in Hermosa Beach, Calif on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
The partnership coincides with LA Kings’ ENOUGH. social media campaign that was launched last November following the mass shootings in Thousand Oaks. It is a three-year commitment by the Kings to Sandy Hook Promise to deliver the Know The Signs (KTS) programs to more than 65,000 youth and adults in middle and high schools in the Los Angeles area, including LAUSD, Torrance USD and Conejo USD.
A check in the amount of $360,000 was presented by the Kings to Sandy Hook Promise during the partnership announcement.
“We are so grateful to the LA Kings for taking a stand in their community to prevent gun violence,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. “With their support, we will empower even more LA-area students to ‘Know the Signs’ to prevent school shootings and suicides, reduce bullying, and create safer schools for all kids.”
“It was very important to our organization to continue the ENOUGH. movement from this past November and Sandy Hook Promise is the perfect partner,” said LA Kings President and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille. “Their mission to prevent gun violence and other forms of violence and victimization before they happen is exactly what we stand behind. We’re honored to join forces with them to reach kids, teachers and administrators all through Los Angeles.”
KTS training in LA-Area schools will teach youth and adults how to identify, intervene, and get help for at-risk individuals BEFORE they hurt themselves or others through SHP’s KTS gun violence prevention programs and the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS).