Perth Heat say NO MORE
The Australian Baseball League (ABL) is proud to announce the “NO MORE” Round to be held 7-‐‑10 January 2016. The ABL will start 2016 with a commitment to reducing domestic and family violence, collaborating with the Northern Territory’s favourite sports presenter and nationally acknowledged “NO MORE” campaign founder, Charlie King.
The NO MORE campaign has been instrumental in changing the culture of domestic violence in the Northern Territory through sport. Targeted initially towards indigenous men, the campaign has grown and the message is spreading throughout sporting codes, states and internationally.
Charlie will attend the Perth Heat v Canberra Cavalry series in Perth on 7 January 2016, talking with players and officials, a guest stint on the live streaming commentary, and throwing out the first pitch for Thursday night’s game. Prior to the game there will be a linking of arms by the teams as a symbolic statement of their commitment to ending family and domestic violence.
Charlie welcomes the announcement of the NOMORE Round and believes the Australian Baseball League can become the first national code to support their clubs prepare domestic violence action plans to outline strategies for recognising and reducing family violence.
“Sport is very influential reaching more than eight million Australians each weekend,” said Charlie. “It acts as a way to engage with players, spectators and supporters, and baseball has a massive world-‐‑wide following.
“We all have a responsibility to link up and break the cycle and are proud to be part of this great initiative,” he said.
The NO MORE Round coincides with the start of the Youth and Senior Women’s National Championships being held in Canberra (10-‐‑17 January), and sends a strong message of support to the Australian women’s baseball community not only as mothers, daughters, partners and wives; but as baseball players, coaches, umpire, volunteers and administrators.
Photo credit: Wendy D'Souza