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Helping MLB raise awareness about domestic violence

Ricardhy Grandoit, CJ’09, MS’15, is Major League Baseball’s Social Responsibility Specialist, responsible for raising awareness and providing educational workshops about domestic violence prevention for more than 5,000 front office personnel, players, and support staff across major and minor league baseball.

While the National Football League reeled under an avalanche of negative publicity over its handling of several high-profile domestic abuse cases, Major League Baseball decided to try to get out in front of the issue as quickly as possible.

MLB has not been immune to the issue. Several of its top stars are also being investigated, but the league has been far more proactive in its approach.

And that’s where Ricardhy Grandoit comes in.

Grandoit, CJ’09, MS’15, was in October 2015 named MLB’s Social Responsibility Specialist, and one of his responsibilities is to spearhead a program that raises awareness and provides educational workshops for the more than 5,000 front office personnel, players, and support staff across major and minor league baseball.

Grandoit’s opportunity is rooted in his work as a program manager with Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, which served as a partner to MLB during spring training in 2015. Grandoit was among those who presented a curriculum and training model for domestic violence prevention workshops.

“I felt like I built a good relationship with MLB,” said Grandoit, who commutes to MLB’s Manhattan offices from his Arlington, Massachusetts, home two days each week. “And it was really an opportunity for me to carry over skills that I already had in terms of implementing these programs.”

“He has been training players for our Clubs from outside MLB for several years,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement announcing Grandoit’s hiring. “We wanted to bring him in-house to institutionalize education and training on this important issue.”

Grandoit coordinates the workshops with two or three representatives of each major league team to ensure consistency and uniformity. He also works with a dozen vendors who work with the minor league clubs.

In addition to his concentration on domestic violence, Grandoit also coordinates MLB’s career development program, which prepares players for life after baseball, and youth initiatives like the Girls in Baseball program.

“I really hit the ground running,” Grandoit said. “As soon as I got there it was like, ‘Here you go. Tell us what you need.’”

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published March 2016