Celebrities and Athletes Support ‘Football for Good’
Football season is here and with it comes a great ménage a trios: Adrian Peterson, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.
The triage of do-gooders have partnered up via their foundations to raise awareness and bring an end to child sex trafficking.
NFL stud Adrian Peterson and his ‘All Day Foundation’ along with Demi and Ashton’s DNA Foundation, have officially kicked off their ‘Football for Give’ initiative on Crowdrise, with a ‘goal to make each touchdown count for more than just points.’
- Through Football for Good, players and fans are coming together to raise funds and awareness to bring an end to child sex trafficking and support programs that enrich the lives of children around the country. It is estimated that more than 2 million children are victims of sex trafficking around the world. What many people don’t know is that this doesn’t just happen overseas, it happens here at home as well. More than 200,000 American children are at risk of being trafficked. Football for Good works to raise awareness about this issue and gather support for programs that address the needs of some of our country’s most vulnerable youth.
Football for Good: Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings) will donate $5,000 per touchdown, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore will match his contribution…Victor Ortiz will donate $2500 per Peterson touchdown…other NFL athletes involved with Football for Good include Michael Huff (Oakland Raiders); Roy Williams (Chicago Bears); Jermaine Gresham (Cincinnati Bengals); Dallas Clark (Indianapolis Colts); DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles)
Join the cause and donate to make a difference in the lives of children…and win great prizes along the way including a trip to a Vikings game, and a meet & greet with Adrian…join the team and raise more than $1000 before Nov. 1 and you’ll be entered to win a three-night stay at W residences in Miami. And, everyone on your team who contributes $20 or more will have a chance to win the trip to a Vikings game, VIP tickets and a meet & greet with Adrian.
Video below: Actors Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher participate in the launch the UN Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons at UN Headquarters in New York November 2010.
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Ex-NFLer Tyrone Keys Honors His 6th Grade Teacher
“The courage she had and the compassion she had for us as young people, I never forgot it.” Tyrone Keys
Tyrone Keys was a fifth-round pick for the New York Jets in 1981…over the course of seven seasons he played with the San Diego Chargers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers…but you most likely know him as a member of the Chicago Bears when they kicked ass and won Super Bowl XX…this victory prompted the birth of the ‘Shuffling Crew’ and The Super Bowl Shuffle.
And sometimes, on Sundays, when football is at its peak, I think about our current players and what they’ll do once the NFL is done with them…many will simply fade away, others will land a gig as an ESPN analyst and a few-(a very special few)- will embrace their retirement with love…in this case, Tyrone Keys took it a step further.
First, he established the All Sports Community Service organization, a Tampa-based non-profit supported by various charities that provide opportunities for student/athletes to attain personal enrichment. Since its inception in 1993, they’ve assisted hundreds of students obtain over $20 million in support for their college education…And here’s where he takes it a step further: He spent YEARS looking for his sixth-grade teacher, Mary Hagan.
- Tyrone Keys’ sixth-grade teacher, Mary Hagan, never drifted far from Keys’ thoughts…even after he played for the Bucs and Chargers…retired from the league in 1988 and launched a successful nonprofit in Tampa. “She just radiated love and compassion,” Keys said. Keys and his fellow students at Dawson Elementary School in Jackson, Miss., needed love and compassion in the worst way. It was 1970, the first year Jackson’s public schools integrated, and Keys said the racial strife surrounding the change engulfed the children in negativity and chaos. Hagan stepped into the fray and became the first white teacher at predominantly black Dawson. “She didn’t have all the supplies and tools, but she had a gift for inspiring the students,” Keys says…and, on Friday, October 9th, Tyrone Keys brought his 6th grade grammar school teacher, Mrs. Hagan to Tampa where he gave her a tour of what her inspiration actually inspired.
Read the full article here…it’s an amazing and touching story of how one man searched for years to locate the teacher who inspired him to be the man he is today. “That’s what makes the teaching profession what it is. The rewards you get,” Hagan said. One such reward? Hagan was Keys’ special guest when he was recently inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.
Keys is a former NFL player for the Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers. His Bears team won Super Bowl XX in January 1986. In 2003, People Magazine published an article featuring Keys and All Sports Community Service in one of its issues. Keys has been recognized twice by the USA Freedom Corp. and the White House.
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