Kennedy speaks about turning tragedy into triumph

By Chad Klassen
September 28, 2017 - 5:26pm Updated: September 28, 2017 - 6:17pm

KAMLOOPS — The Wolfpack scholarship breakfast raised $230,000 on Thursday, an impressive haul for the university and student-athletes.

Part of the breakfast was guest speaker, Sheldon Kennedy, the former hockey player turned advocate for child abuse who recounted his experience being sexually abused by former Swift Current Broncos head coach Graham James, and how he turned that tragedy into triumph by helping other abused kids.

He runs the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre in Calgary. His message at TRU, as it is at any talk, is to be aware of abuse happening. 

"Our message is that just because you're an athlete in the community, or a coach, or a teacher, or a boys and girls volunteer, you may be the only trusted adult in a lot of kids' lives," said Kennedy, who captained Swift Current to the 1989 Memorial Cup.

"So the question would be, if a child discloses to you something that's going on, or you have a gut feeling that something's happening, do we know what to do? So basically, it's about how do we provide the tools to all these athletes to make them understand who may be in front of them and give them the tools to know how to react if something does arise."

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