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college sports

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Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Mark Emmert, L. Jay Lemons, NCAA

Dear NCAA: My Mom Is a Rape Survivor and You Can Help

My mother and I are asking the NCAA to ban violent athletes. Please read my letter and sign our petition. Let the NCAA know that sports are NOT more important than human lives! Dear NCAA, My name is Darius Adams. I’m the son of Brenda Tracy who is a public rape survivor. It was 2010 when my mom first told me that she was raped. I was 17. We were sitting in our car in our driveway. I remember it because it was a life-changing moment for me. She didn’t tell me because she wanted to. She told me because she had to. She was trying to save my life. I was out of control at the time. I was angry and broken and I didn’t care if I lived or not. I remember her crying and struggling to get the words out “I was raped.” She apologized to me over and over and asked me not to hate her. “Please don’t be ashamed of me. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.” I still can’t understand why she was apologizing to me, but after that talk, I started to see her as a different person. I saw her as someone who had been hurt, and she was just doing the best she could as a single mother with two kids. It was then that I began to turn my life around — mostly for myself, but also for my mom. I wanted her to be proud of me. I wanted to make sure that what she went through and all the sacrifices she made for me and my brother were not in vain. It was 2014 when my mother went public with her story. I wasn’t prepared. She hadn’t told me the details in 2010, but now every ugly detail was on the internet in an article by John Canzano at the Oregonian. To this day, I haven’t read it all. I can’t. I just can’t. What I do know is that my mom was drugged and gang-raped by four football players in 1998. I know that Oregon State University gave two of them 25 hours community service and Coach Mike Riley gave them a one-game suspension. I know that the police threw away her rape kit and the DA lied to her about her case. I know that Oregon State cared more about football and money than my mom. I know that my mom wanted to kill herself, and I know that she almost did. And all because other people decided that football, money and reputation was more important than me and my brother having a mother. I was scared when the article first came out. I didn’t know how people would react to us. Would they attack my mom? Would they say terrible things about her? Would I have to defend her? And what would I say? But a great thing happened. People reached out to us and they supported us. They expressed their love and gratitude for my mom coming forward and being brave enough to tell her story. I was proud of her. It was the first time I saw her happy. It was like a huge weight had been lifted off of her. I’ve heard her say more than one time, “I walked out of my prison of shame and silence that day,” and she did. I could see it. Ever since then my mom has worked hard to help others. She’s passed five laws in Oregon. She’s won numerous awards. We just went to Washington, DC where she received the National Service Courage Award from the United States Attorney General. She also changed a Pac 12 rule so that athletes with serious misconduct issues can’t transfer into our conference. She’s my hero. And that’s why I’m writing to you. I’m a college athlete, and I watch ESPN religiously. There’s a serious problem in sports. We don’t take sexual violence seriously enough. Seventeen years ago Coach Mike Riley suspended the men that hurt my mom for one game and just yesterday I saw the story about Baylor. Nothing has changed. Schools are still more worried about money and football than people’s lives. I’m a grown man now. I would never hurt a woman that way and I know that most men wouldn’t. Why are we protecting this small group of men? Why are we allowing them to destroy people’s lives? All of these victims have families and they get hurt too. I’m still dealing with what happened to my mom. We need to do something right now, and I think it starts with the NCAA creating a policy that bans violent athletes. Enough is enough. It’s been 17 years and nothing has changed. How many more years do we have to wait for something to happen? As the NCAA you have authority over many schools. YOU can change this. These schools have proven that they are not going to do the right thing. I believe it is your responsibility to step in. And please don’t do it for me or my mom. Do it because it’s the right thing to do. Sincerely, Darius Adams

Darius Adams
190,784 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to regents@unm.edu , eddienunez@unm.edu

Save UNM Mens Soccer!!

Dear soccer community - As you have heard, the regents at The University of New Mexico are seriously considering eliminating the men’s soccer program in an effort to curtail massive financial losses within the athletic department. While we understand that the regents are tasked with making what may appear to them to be sound financial decisions, cutting the men’s soccer program based solely on finances is unwise. We feel that UNM men’s soccer brings far greater value to the community than can be reflected in a financial analysis or pro forma. Since coach Fishbein has taken over the program, the men’s soccer program has experienced great success on the field year after year, including an appearance in the NCAA national championship match in 2005, and a NCAA tournament semi-final in 2013. Every year the soccer community, and the community at large come together to support Lobo men’s soccer. Many of our community’s young players aspire to one day play for their home team: UNM. UNM players are role models to our children. But perhaps the greatest impact Lobo men’s soccer has on our community is off the field. The players and coaches are involved in numerous community outreach programs. The team has a phenomenal graduation rate with players going on to achieve success in any number of high level professions such as medicine, law, and finance to name just a few. The UNM Men’s Soccer Program has established a culture of excellence that shines through both on and off the field, and that culture of excellence is an unparalleled representation of the excellence UNM as an institution wishes to achieve for all of its students, student-athletes, faculty, and staff. To cut the men’s soccer program would be a travesty, and we simply cannot let that happen. Please consider signing the attached petition and pass it along to others who can/will support our cause. Thank you so much for your time, consideration, and help in this matter!

Chris Hurst
8,226 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to The Penn State Board Of Trustees

Make "PATERNO FIELD" at Beaver Stadium

  Success with Honor.. Those words along with the Grand Experiment that Joe Paterno put into place will live forever. Those young men who played for Joe left Penn State after 4 years with a quality education, a degree in their field, and more than any other College or University has ever produced, those young men graduated with Honors. Five years have past, yet we still fight those in the media, and likewise those fans from other schools who have always hated Joe Paterno, why, simple, he was and always will be a winner both on the field of battle, and off of the field making sure his players pushed themselves to earn a degree and graduate, which was the most important goal in his life, not simply winning football games on Saturday in the Fall.   Please join Sue Paterno, who signed this petition on October 17th, 2013, Jay Paterno who signed at the 2012 Blue/White game, combined with Ki-Jana Carter, OJ McDuffie, The late Penn State and Philadelphia Eagle Great, Scott Lefko, Adam Taliaferro, Peter Curkendall, Todd Blackledge, Anthony Cleary, Andrew Pitz, Brian Masella, Stephen Obeng-Agyapong, Quintus McDonald, Brian Milne, Blair Thomas, Brandon Short, Steven Michael Joseph, Mike Meade, Chris Mazyck, and more who are in full support of this grand gesture. The Beaver Family fully supports this petition to honor 2 great men that have done so many good things for Penn State! 67,500 Plus have signed; now it’s your turn to become a part of History, let’s win game #410 for Joe.   The 409 wins have been restored by the NCAA, the sanctions have all been withdrawn because it took time for the NCAA to realize that Joe Paterno was not only innocent, he was never charged with any wrong doing and never will be. The FACT of the matter is that the NCAA now has molded their new policy (after Joe) on how to handle such a horrible situation like this if it were to happen on any campus in the future. That's right, they now praise Joe Paterno for the way he handled the situation and clearly say it is how things should be handled from this day forward. Imagine that, "The Paterno Way" once again is leading the nation in the right direction just like it did for 62 years. The time is now, we The Board has honored Joe for his 50th year Anniversary of his first home game as head coach. It was brought with mass celebration from Penn Staters, and many non Penn Staters who know the truth. We can't fix those minds who like I said have always shown hatred for Joe Paterno, and that includes so many in the media it is sickening. Sign the petition, who cares what the haters have to say, we know the truth, and after 6 years that is all that matters, let the haters continue to hate Penn State, Joe Paterno, our fans, and what we stand for, Success with Honor.    WE ARE........ 

Blake Tobias
67,913 supporters