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Rico Phillips Has A New Role With The OHL

07/16/2020 at 3:49pm EDT

from the Detroit News,

Flint's Rico Phillips was hired by the Ontario Hockey League for the newly created role of director of cultural diversity and inclusion.

Phillips, a retired member of the City of Flint fire department and the winner of the NHL's Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award last year, will establish and lead a committee to provide guidance and expertise to the OHL and teams to help ensure that the game is inclusive for all players, staff and fans.

“There is no question that the biggest challenge facing hockey and sports, at all levels, is how to ensure that the game is inclusive," Phillips said in a statement.

"I believe the key to doing this is to work hard to eradicate racism and ensure an environment that is free from any discrimination."

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