With all the heat the NFL is receiving for domestic violence issues and the league's response to the Ray Rice incident earlier this year, Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson is here to let the public know not everyone is willing to take this topic sitting down. With the launch of the "Pass the Peace" campaign, Wilson is hoping to bring awareness and raise funds to help victims of domestic abuse.
"I want us to Pass the Peace to support victims of domestic violence," wrote Wilson in an essay for the Players Tribune. "The idea behind Pass the Peace is simple: It's a promise. I'm sharing my love for you. I want to take care of you. I am here for you."
The initiative is linked to his new Why Not You Foundation and is using a tactic similar to the Ice Bucket Challenge that went viral for ALS awareness this summer. When you "Pass the Peace" to your friends, you've challenged them to donate at least $2 to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
"This issue is much bigger than NFL suspensions. Domestic violence isn't going to disappear tomorrow or the next day. But the more that we choose not to talk about it, the more we shy away from the issue, the more we lose," wrote Wilson. "I can't fix the world. I can't fix the NFL. I can't change the guys around me. The only person I can change is the one in the mirror."
To learn more about the campaign, visit whynotyoufoundation.org.
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