Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence
Refuse To Abuse®, the Mariners long-standing domestic violence prevention program, was recognized today by Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig with the Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence.
The award was created in 2010 to recognize the charitable and philanthropic efforts of MLB Clubs. In singling out the Mariners and Refuse To Abuse, the Commissioner said, “I am very proud of the Seattle Mariners and Mariners Care for taking a leading role in educating fans and other members of their community on the importance of respectful relationships. This is a vital societal issue that impacts the lives of individuals and families in harrowing ways. Having communicated with many experts, we continue to work diligently toward a comprehensive policy that reflects the gravity of domestic violence and how to best serve the interests of victims and their families. The efforts of the Mariners, who encourage fans to take a public stance against domestic violence, are exemplary. I thank the Mariners and all of our Clubs for their year-round efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of others.”
Refuse To Abuse is a statewide educational program in partnership with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. It takes its name from the Refuse to Lose mantra of Mariners fans after the 1995 season. The program was launched in 1997 to promote healthy relationships and take a public stand against domestic violence.
Refuse To Abuse features Mariners players as role models, educating the community about available help and promoting respectful relationships to children and teenagers. Refuse To Abuse includes television, radio and print ads that deliver messages of respect and communicate that there is no excuse for domestic violence. The Mariners also sponsor a 5K run/walk at Safeco Field that raises money for WSCADV’s violence prevention efforts.