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Thank You NFL Players

To: National Football League (NFL) Athletes

From: Professional Sports Committee - Alliance of Social Workers in Sports

Re: Thank You

Date: November 4th 2017

Advocacy and activism are at an all-time high in professional sports.

From fundraising in the aftermath of devastating natural disasters, to generating conversations about the ongoing injustices in our country, professional athletes are modeling civic participation every day!

Thank you from the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports (ASWIS) for your efforts.

Thank you, Colin, for taking a “kneel” against injustice.

Thank you for the impact of your knee hitting the ground.

Thank you for being the sport catalyst for starting the difficult conversations.

Thank you for bringing awareness and funding to the populations you deem worthy.

Thank you for inspiring others to kneel or lock arms in solidarity with you and not against the flag.

Thank you for inspiring Michael Bennett, Malcom Jenkins, Marshawn Lynch, Eric Reid, Ron Brooks, and the many other NFL athletes.

To JJ Watt, thank you for using your platform to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Thank you igniting the philanthropic giving of players like Earl Thomas, Jamaal Charles, Hunter Henry, Joey Bosa, Drew Kaser, Russel Okung, Michael Brockers, Ezekiel Elliot, Dez Bryant, Tom Brady, Brian Cushing, Leonard Fournette, Craig Robertson, and Vance McDonald.

Thank you to Malcolm Jenkins for taking the work of Colin and the synergy created by JJ into NFL board rooms as you led an effort to create true unity around the NFL’s response to on and off the field injustices.

We are sure there are many professional athletes, that we have not named here, who have contributed to one of the most powerful waves of sport activism… thank you.

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