In the world of sports, the common fan or participant spends most if not all of his/her time following the big stars, their favorite team and the news of the league. They hone their skills, record stats and seek-out tickets to their team’s next home game. This is the world of sports, through and through…or is it?
Recently, through my full-time job, I got to learn a great deal about Special Olympics. While having always admired it, admittedly, I knew very little about the organization. However, this opportunity afforded me the chance to really learn about it and appreciate the incredible individuals that train and compete just like that of my favorite athletes. These people, while facing intellectual disabilities, have bigger hearts than most of the players I root for on any given Sunday.
So it is with great pride that I tell you about a new initiative that I’m getting involved with to help the efforts of the great folks over at Special Olympics. It is called “Spread the Word to End the Word” and focuses on encouraging people to stop the use of the R-word (retard)…culminating into a day of national awareness on March 31 (you can read more below)!
Per the official site:
“It is time to ‘Spread the Word to End the Word,’ and on Tuesday, 31 March, events throughout the United States and around the world will make people stop and think about their hurtful and disparaging use of the word ‘retard.’
Most people don’t think of this word as hate speech, but that’s exactly what it feels like to millions of people with intellectual disabilities, their families and friends. Using ‘retard’ as a term of derision is just as cruel and offensive as any other slur.
Spread the Word to End the Word will raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the R-word and encourage people to pledge to stop using it. America will be asked to declare their support for more respectful and inclusive language, specifically that referring to those with intellectual disabilities.”
So we here on Giants101.com are taking the opportunity to pledge our support to Special Olympics’ and their new campaign…and we urge you to do the same. When you think about all the incredible individuals you watch on the field every Sunday, or at the NFL Combine, the NFL Draft, Super Bowl Sunday…just remember that there is another group of remarkable human beings that deserve the same (if not more) level of respect we give our favorite players.
Take a moment to visit R-word.org and also check out the Facebook page where you can join in and show your support. Giants101.com has always had a great group of readers behind it with intelligence and class…so I know this post will be met with those same traits.
Thank you and remember to please consider showing your support for this great cause!Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL
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