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Nepean Redskins to change controversial name, logo

09/19/2013 01:42 EDT | Updated 11/19/2013 05:12 EST
The Nepean Redskins youth football team will change its name and logo, the team announced Thursday.

"While the ‘Redskins’ name was chosen in alliance with the Washington Redskins of the National Football League, the club understands that the current name is offensive to some, and thus divisive to our community,” said team president Steve Dean in a media release.

“We want to enable the players, volunteers and parents to keep focused on what we do best: provide excellent cheer and football programs; from tackle to touch to flag. This is what draws us together.”

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The team estimates that the transition could take several years and cost more than $100,000 to complete.

It said a new name, logo and colours will be chosen in consultation with players, parents and volunteers once the season ends in November.

Deans told CBC News a press conference will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at the South Nepean Park off Longfields Drive.

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