Arizona Coyotes to celebrate Black History Month

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Sarah Hall

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Sarah Hall, Reporter

The Arizona Coyotes have announced that during the month of February they will be having internal and external initiatives that will raise awareness, promote diversity, drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities.

“Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values of our organization,” said Coyotes President & CEO Xavier Gutierrez via the press release. “This is an important month for us to celebrate the contributions that African Americans have made to this country and a time to reflect on the continued struggle for racial justice.”

The Coyotes have set up a series of internal speakers for team members through the club’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee that will feature Kaliya Johnson, a former defender for the Connecticut Whale of the NWHL. Johnson was one of two African American players during her time with the NWHL. It will also feature Damon Kwame Mason, the award-winning filmmaker of Soul On Ice, Past, Present & Future; and Brian Blake, Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion for the NHL.

On February 19, the Coyotes will hold a virtual fireside chat with Anson Carter from NBC Sports. The chat will be hosted by Coyotes President & CEO Xavier Gutierrez, who is also a member of the NHL Executive Inclusion Council. The event will be open to Coyotes Season Ticket Members, corporate partners, non-profit partners, and media.

During Black History Month, the Coyotes will be supporting local black-owned restaurants during every home game during February. The team will highlight each restaurant on social media and will cater the team’s staff pregame meal from that restaurant.

The Coyotes will celebrate Black History Month on February 25 when the team hosts the Colorado Avalanche. Game time is 7 p.m. at Gila River Arena.