District Attorney Ryan and Anti-Defamation League Host School-Based Workshops with Chelsea Football Club

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan recently partnered with the Anti-Defamation League to host three Middlesex County school-based workshops with members of the Chelsea Football Club for as part of their Building Bridges Program. The presentation’s theme was Say No to Antisemitism. 

“All of us want to make sure that every person is treated fairly and with respect, that we celebrate our differences, and that we can work as a team to build a peaceful community,” said District Attorney Ryan, “By partnering with the Anti-Defamation League and the Chelsea Football Club Foundation, this innovative program works to ensure our young people understand the value of diversity and the necessity of combatting discrimination in all of its forms.”

“Hate and anti-Semitism don’t recognize borders. ADL is grateful to Chelsea Football Club and The New England Revolution for bringing leadership and communications skills to Massachusetts schools,” stated Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League Robert Trestan.

District Attorney Ryan and Anti-Defamation League Regional Director Robert Trestan held the presentation at three schools; Winter Hill Community Innovation School in Somerville, Ottoson Middle School in Arlington and Fuller Middle School in Framingham. Each workshop was attended by approximately 100 middle school students.

The program had two components; a classroom workshop and a soccer clinic to highlight the values of friendship, respect and teamwork. The workshops used Chelsea FC as an example of diversity, to encourage students to develop ideas of how differences can be celebrated, and how sport can be used to bring communities together.

About Building Bridges

Building Bridges is Chelsea Football Club’s campaign to promote equality, celebrate diversity and make everyone feel valued throughout their club, stadium and wider community.

Through Building Bridges, Chelsea Football Club works with everyone from children and young people in schools and grassroots football clubs through to community groups and senior men's and ladies' teams, to create a club where everyone feels welcome, regardless of who they are and where they come from.

Since the campaign launched in 2010, Chelsea FC has proud to have been awarded the Advanced Level of the Premier League Equality Standard - one of only two Premier League clubs to do so - in recognition of their ongoing commitment to inclusion and to tackling all forms of prejudice and discrimination.

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