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Padres are first pro team to pledge not to use racial, sexual or religious slurs

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The Padres are the first professional sports team to sign GLSEN's pledge (PDF).

We pledge to:

  • Avoid using language, name-calling or slurs that put others down because of such differences as race, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or religion.
  • Remind teammates who use "put down" language that "that’s not ok on our team."
  • Treat all teammates with respect.
  • Believe that Team Respect is a winning strategy: When each team members feel safe and respected, they can play their best for the team.
  • Take leadership to set an example of respect for students in our school as well as opposing teams and fans.

Signed: The San Diego Padres

San Diego Unified School District Superintendent, Bill Kowba hopes they will be role models for student athletes around the county:

"We applaud the Padres for signing this pledge, and we hope that the students involved in athletic teams throughout the District follow their great example,"