ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Tammi Lynch is a finalist for a prestigious NHL award.

Lynch is one of three finalists for the Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award.

The award "recognizes an individual, who like Willie O'Ree, has worked to make a positive impact on his or her community, culture or society to make people better through hockey."

Tammi Lynch is being recognized for her work as one of the co-founders of the movement Players Against Hate.

It all started when Lynch's son's teammate on the Metro Maple Leafs was the target of racial slurs and taunts.

Lynch created stickers and buttons where the word racism was crossed out the a hockey stick. They were given to players and parents to wear.

Not satisfied, Tammi Lynch helped create Players Against Hate with the hope of leading to measures to eliminate racism in hockey.

"I'm glad that people are taking notice that this is an issue and we need to make some change," Lynch told NHL.com. "I'm hoping that this will help spotlight the work that we are trying to do." 

You can click here to vote for Tammi through May 5th.

The winner will be announced during the NHL Awards show on June 19th.