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Russell Wilson Creates 'Pass The Peace' Campaign; Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Makes An Effort To Raise Awareness And Funds For Victims Of Domestic Violence [PHOTO]

By Marisa Lewis | October 02, 2014 01:03 PM EDT


Many of us mainly know Russell Wilson as the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl-winning quarterback. However, as of now he is not only an accomplished athlete, but also the creator of the "Pass the Peace" campaign, which is meant to raise awareness and funds for victims of domestic violence.

In theory, the campaign is similar to the viral "Ice Bucket Challenge" that successfully raised funds to combat ALS. The Pass the Peace initiative calls on participants to challenge others to join in and donate, and arrives during a time of domestic violence scandals and intense scrutiny for the NFL.

Russell stated, "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...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."

In a recent editorial posted on the Player's Tribune, Russell wrote that he used to be a bully, but that his ways changed when he found God. He said, "I used to beat people up... Many of you readers probably think I have been Mr. Goody Two-Shoes my whole life, but honestly, I was a bully growing up," highlighting that the frustration he used to feel as an adolescent is now limited to his competitive streak on the football field.

He commented, "As NFL players, we do not play a gentle game...but out hits, our anger, or aggressive behaviors need to be regulated and confined to the field." He continued, "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."

Wilson encourages people to make $2 donations to his campaign. More information about the campaign can be found here.

Tagged :  Russell Wilson, Pass the Peace, campaign, Seattle Seahawks, domestic violence, NFL


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