As many of you have now heard, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old son died yesterday, a tragic victim of domestic abuse at the hands of the boyfriend of the child’s mother.
Here’s the hard facts (source):
- A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds in the United States.
- More than 4 children die EVERY DAY as a result of child abuse.
- About 80% of children that die as a result of abuse are under the age of four.
One of the things that disheartened me the most over the past couple of days was the fact that there were several people on Twitter talking about Adrian Peterson in regards to their fantasy football prospects with no regard to what was happening in his family (here’s an article about it). Yes, there are some really horrible, selfish, deplorable human beings out there. But I know that there is also a LOT of good in the world, and I got to thinking: How could we as a community of football fans, fantasy football enthusiasts, and people who care about the human race, come together and turn this into a positive.
So, here’s my idea. I have Adrian Peterson on one of the fantasy teams I manage. Out of respect for his family and the senseless and unthinkable tragedy and loss they have experienced, I intend to bench him for the next five games he is active in (since we are not sure he is playing this week). In turn, for each fantasy point he would have earned me over those 5 games, I will donate $1.00 to Tubman Family Crisis & Support Services. Here’s a little bit about them from their website:
Tubman helps women, children and families struggling with relationship violence, substance abuse and mental health. Throughout the Twin Cities, Tubman provides safe shelter, legal services, counseling, elder care resources, youth programming and community education while guiding and sustaining individuals and families on the journey from chaos and fear to healing and restoration.
Now, here’s where you come in: I would LOVE to see the fantasy football community come together and do this with me, so I need your help getting the word out. I want to see as many FF leagues as I can get to take this challenge with me. I’m starting here because you guys are one of the most generous and wonderful communities I’ve ever been a part of, and also do a fantastic job of getting the word out about this stuff.
Now, you may be asking yourself, “What if I’m not part of a fantasy football league, don’t watch football, but want to help?” There are a couple of ways:
- Share this on your blog, Twitter, Facebook page. I’m sure you have friends and family who are in a FF league and may want to get involved.
- Be willing to match our donation. Once we tally the points from the 5 games, commit to donating that amount to Tubman yourself, and let us know you have.
- Help in other ways. I’d love to get a website up (maybe even just a sub-Tumblr) and a logo made for this. If you’re creative in that area and want to help me out with that, I would be eternally grateful.
So, what do you think? Wanna help? Let’s turn this terrible tragedy into a way to help other children who are victims, or at risk of becoming victims, of domestic violence and abuse.
So this was the email I got from Amazon this morning, featuring their Gold Box Deal of the Day: