New England Patriots Kevin Faulk and Matthew Slater Visit East Boston High School; Call on Students to End Widespread Relationship Violence
400 Students Join Slater in Taking the LIVERESPECT Pledge, a Commitment to End Teen Relationship Violence
(3BL Media - theCSRfeed) Boston, MA – December 12, 2011 – Kevin Faulk and Matthew Slater of the New England Patriots visited East Boston High School on Friday (Dec. 9) to lead Training Camps for Life–a partnership of the National Football League Players Association, A CALL TO MEN and the Verizon Foundation–to educate students about teen relationship violence.
The half-day, NFL-star-studded event addressed topics such as overcoming adversity, decisions and consequences, and healthy teen relationships – a critical addition to the Training Camps for Life agenda.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four adolescents is physically, emotionally, mentally or sexually abused by a significant other each year. Slater led 400 East Boston High School students in taking the LIVERESPECT pledge (www.liverespect.org), a commitment to end teen relationship violence and speak out against domestic violence. They were joined by retired Patriot and East Boston High School alumnus Jermaine Wiggins and retired Washington Redskin Pete Kendall, a football standout at Boston College. Across the country, more than 3,000 teens have taken the pledge to date. “I was proud to join my fellow teammates in taking the LIVERESPECT pledge,” said Slater. “It is a meaningful way to demonstrate respect for yourself, your girlfriend or boyfriend, and it’s also a great way for parents to start a conversation about healthy relationships with their kids.” Ted Bunch, co-founder of A CALL TO MEN, said, “NFL players from New York to Green Bay to New Orleans and here in Boston have rallied around this cause, helping teens understand why it’s important to commit themselves to healthy, respectful relationships. Their positive influence lays an important foundation for us to dive deeper into the cultural influences that shape teen relationships.” Through the Training Camps for Life program, the Verizon Foundation funds A CALL TO MEN program to provide participating schools with a healthy relationships curriculum designed specifically for teens. The in-class curriculum aims to:
Help teens heal from past abuse.
Improve equality and respect in relationships.
Increase safety on school campuses.
Promote youth leadership in violence prevention.