Phoenix Coyotes Spotlight Child Abuse Prevention in November

Charity Division of Team to Help Raise Awareness; Supports Childhelp® and West Valley Child Crisis Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Scottsdale, Ariz.—(Nov. 10, 2006) Coyote Causes, the charitable arm of the Phoenix Coyotes Hockey Club, will focus on child abuse prevention awareness throughout November. The high-profile team has partnered with Scottsdale-based Childhelp, a leading national non-profit dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, and the West Valley Child Crisis Center, which houses abused children.

Childhelp public service announcements featuring players Ladislav Nagy and Georges Laraque, as well as Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Cliff Fletcher and his wife Linda, will air during the Coyotes games in Glendale’s Arena on Nov. 11, 22 and 30. At each game, fans will have the opportunity to bid on an autographed Coyotes jersey with an embroidered Childhelp logo. Attendees can learn more about Childhelp by visiting its booth, where they will find brochures, bracelets and pins.

What’s more, the Coyote’s dance team, The Pack, will support Childhelp by appearing at Z’s Restaurant in Tempe for a fundraising event on Nov. 18.

On Nov. 22, the wives of the Coyotes will host a drive with Swift Charities for Children to benefit Childhelp and the West Valley Child Crisis Center. Before the game starts, they will arrive at the arena to collect items such as clothing, toys, pajamas, slippers, shoes, toiletries, arts and crafts. Every fan who donates will be entered into a raffle to meet Ladislav Nagy and Georges Laraque after the game.

“We’re very grateful to the Coyotes for embracing Childhelp and supporting us through their charitable outreach—this will help to educate more people about the silent and heart-breaking epidemic of child abuse, and how to join in the battle to eradicate it in this country,” said John Reid, executive director of Childhelp.

Coyotes Causes is a partnership program designed to help community causes and initiatives. Every month, the Phoenix Coyotes will adopt a cause and lend a hand in promoting awareness.