Kennedy and the Respect Group have worked with the OMHA since 2015, providing what has become mandatory training by the OMHA for hundreds of thousands of coaches, parents, officials, and players.
“If you look at the OMHA, they educate all coaches, all parents, officials, I mean, the list goes on. And I think that is huge. That's more than the majority of organizations out there,” Kennedy says.
Kennedy’s Respect Group tries to empower bystanders to recognize and act when they get an inkling that something is wrong.
“It's also about individual accountability. We can't rely on the organization to do everything. It is players, it’s coaches, it’s officials, it’s trainers, it’s parents, it's everybody's job, to keep an eye out, as your boots on the ground, and to do the right thing.”