Nashville Predators star P.K. Subban has made it fiercely known that he’s not going along with the national anthem protests that are currently in fashion in professional sports.
As Independent Journal Review recently reported, Subban told an audience that he would “never” kneel in disrespect to the nation or police officers.
But Subban doesn’t do anything halfway:
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And the pro hockey player has doubled down on his pledge:
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The charity-minded defenseman has started a new outreach to bring together cops and inner-city kids, telling News Channel 5 in Nashville:
“Bringing people together, building bridges. That's the responsibility of people that are in the public eye.”
He calls his new effort the “Blueline Buddies” program.
NHL.com reports that the program brings together a member of the Metro Nashville Police Department and a guest from a program for at-risk kids:
Subban takes care of the game tickets, dinner and meets with the group prior to and after the game to lift their spirits and give them a few hours to forget about everything on the outside.
One of his friends is on the police force.
Subban, who’s Canadian, told NHL.com that he doesn’t see a conflict with what he’s doing and the protests:
“I think it's important for athletes to set a tone in a way that we're looking to build bridges. That doesn't take away from anybody's right to do what they want to do or how they want to exercise their rights as an American citizen, but I think it's really important for us to be role models in terms of building bridges and being a part of the solution to social issues and different things that go on in our community.”
News Channel 5 reports that on Tuesday Subban hosted high school sophomore, Shaila, who told them:
“I think that with his passion and his help, we can reach the city. We can reach the rest of Nashville like we're supposed to.”
As Subban says, “This is going to make a pretty good stamp in what we're trying to do here.”
Sounds like he’s making a difference already.