The Hoffman Estates Park District's Board of Commissioners has approved a comprehensive Anti-Bullying Policy to address bullying or harassment, and all forms of aggressive and violent behaviors.
“We feel this is an important step to ensure the health and well-being of our community and our participants,” said Dean Bostrom, executive director for the HEPD. “We won’t tolerate bullying or harassment of any kind that might inhibit an individual’s ability to learn and participate.”
“Bullying” or “harassment” is defined as any gesture or written, verbal, graphic, or physical act (including cyber bullying via the internet, cell phone, personal digital assistant) that is dehumanizing, intimidating, hostile, humiliating, threatening, or otherwise likely to evoke fear of physical harm or emotional distress. This also includes forms of retaliation against individuals who report or cooperate in an investigation under this policy.
All employees and volunteers will be required to complete a training course each year and will be expected to refuse to tolerate bullying and harassment and to demonstrate behavior that is respectful and civil.
Take the Sportsmanship Pledge
Our Recreation Deptarment has adopted a special pledge in an effort to build confidence and sportsmanship in all our young athletes and to ensure a healthy enriching environment, the Hoffman Estates Park District has developed the “My Game, Your Game, Our Game” youth sportsmanship pledge to solidify our dedication to the health and well-being of our community.
My game = I will try my hardest to excel at this sport.
Your game = I will respect you as a teammate, opponent, parent, referee or coach.
Our game = Together we will develop teamwork and sportsmanship.