Tammi Lynch is a hockey mom who took action when her son’s teammate, Divyne Apollon, was the victim of racial slurs. In January 2019, Tammi started a movement called Players Against Hate. Tammi designed a logo following the racial incident, crossing out the word “Racism” with a hockey stick. What started as a small, local movement to help share Divyne’s story, and express how hockey > hate, has grown into an international platform. Players Against Hate is building a safe community for those who have been victims of racial injustice by educating the public and acknowledging the problem. Since the movement has taken off, NHL players have reach out to victims personally after hearing about their stories.
Players Against Hate is determined to increase awareness and stop racism and name-calling by youth athletes, their teams and coaches, their families, and spectators.
1) Develop educational materials against hate to be used to teach players, coaches, officials, sports organizations, and spectators that hate has no place on the bench, in the game, or in the stands.
2) Sponsor scholarships with monies raised by Players Against Hate to support athletes of color who want to play sports that have traditionally been less diverse.
3) Grow the movement beyond hockey to other youth sports where hate impacts the athletes.