DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OmniTRAX, Inc., one of the largest privately held rail and
transportation service companies in North America and an affiliate of
The Broe Group, is sponsoring anti-bullying programs at schools in
Windsor and Denver this week. The assemblies, at Windsor Middle School
in Windsor and Merrill Middle School in Denver, are to be presented by
Sweethearts & Heroes, a non-profit group focused on helping make life
better for today’s students.
“Giving back to the communities where we operate is very important to
everyone at OmniTRAX and The Broe Group, especially when the effort
addresses critical issues like bullying in schools. We plan to continue
supporting assemblies like Sweethearts & Heroes and other programs that
help kids make better decisions,” said Bill Kelly, Vice President of
Safety and Operational Excellence for OmniTRAX.
In their presentation, Sweethearts & Heroes’ Tom Murphy and Jason
Spector give students an important message about tolerance, awareness of
bullying and most importantly, an action plan for when bullying happens.
Their goal is to help foster a school climate where kids refuse to let
bullying happen. In addition, Rick Yarosh, a retired sergeant with the
United States Army injured in Iraq with burns over most of his body,
gives a message is one of overcoming adversity and turning a negative
situation into a positive one.
“Just talking about awareness doesn’t fix anything,” says Murphy, a
husband and father who competed on the second season of Spike TV’s The
Ultimate Fighter. “What separates us from other anti-bullying
presentations and projects is that we have the plan to curb and even
stop bullying in your school, or wherever it exists for you.”
Said Spector: “We offer a very unique perspective on bullying and leave
audiences with an ABC action plan to fight bullying. Bullying isn’t the
problem. Bullies have been around forever. The problem is we don’t have
enough Sweethearts and Heroes in the world.”
“We appreciate OmniTRAX and The Broe Group for sponsoring this great
program on an increasingly important subject,” said Jim Osborn,
assistant principal at Windsor Middle School. “The Sweethearts & Heroes
assembly provides our students with usable strategies to actively
mitigate, and hopefully eliminate an undesirable behavior.”
Amy Bringedahl, principal of Merrill Middle School added; “It is also
essential that our students understand the impact of their decision and
how to face debilitating challenges. Having Sgt. Yarosh share his
experiences is both poignant and uplifting.”
Note to Editors: Photos of the assemblies are available.
About Sweethearts & Heroes
Sweethearts and Heroes is a Non-Profit Organization committed to
fighting against bullying by creating one Sweetheart and Hero at a time
in schools, businesses, and communities. Sweethearts and Hero donates
regularly to a variety of organizations from Vietnam Veteran’s, Walk for
Life, Cameron’s Story and Ronald McDonald House to individuals in need
with special circumstances. More information is available at http://www.sweetheartsandheroes.org/.
About OmniTRAX, Inc.
As one of North America’s largest private railroad and transportation
management companies, OmniTRAX’s core capabilities range from providing
management services to railroad and port services and to intermodal and
industrial switching operations. Through its affiliation with The Broe
Group and its portfolio of managed companies, OmniTRAX also has the
unique capability of offering specialized industrial development and
real estate solutions, both on and off the rail network managed by
OmniTRAX. More information is available at www.omnitrax.com.
About The Broe Group
The Broe Group, based in Denver, Colorado, is a diversified
privately-owned enterprise with a multi-billion asset base. The Broe
Group and its affiliates employ more than 1,000 people directly and
provide employment for countless others through its Great Western
Industrial Park in Northern Colorado. The Broe Group and its affiliates
own and/or manage commercial real estate and other businesses across
North America. Its transportation affiliate, OmniTRAX, Inc., is a
leading transportation services firm with railroad, port and terminal
operations, and is the 2nd largest operator of short-line
railroads in the U.S. Its energy affiliate, Great Western Oil & Gas
Company, is a top 10 driller in Colorado and among the top 100 drillers
in the U.S. The Broe Group has multiple other investment affiliates,
including Three Leaf Ventures, which is focused on innovative healthcare
technology start-ups. For more information, see www.broe.com.