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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