Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:15 pm

Someone’s doing something about football and domestic violence. Spread the word.


(Via my Facebook friend Melissa Hassard)

To bring further awareness to the issue of domestic violence within the football culture, and to open up a dialogue with our young players, Jacar Press, a community-active press, and Women Writers of the Triad are teaming up to create an essay competition open to all high school football players, on Why Domestic Violence is Wrong.

Submissions open through November 30, 2014. There is no fee for submission but a $1 donation is encouraged. Winning essay will be awarded $75, and all donations collected will go to the local domestic violence shelter in the winning writer/athlete’s hometown.

E-mail submissions to jacarassist@gmail.com and donations may be made via Paypal on the jacarpress.com website.

Ideally, education about this link will start earlier and at home, but at this point anything helps. The NFL, by “suspending” convicted players while allowing them to keep getting paid, as in the case of the Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy, is screwing the pooch. Yeah, if Hardy misses the rest of the year, as now appears likely, team owner Jerry Richardson will, in effect, have contributed about $13 million to a domestic-violence awareness campaign, but the league, and all of us, can do a lot better.

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1 Comment

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this, Lex. More details on the writing contest can be found here;

    http://melissahassard.com/2014/09/18/essay-contest-for-h-s-football-players-on-domestic-violence/

    Comment by Melissa Hassard — Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:49 pm @ 12:49 pm


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