This is a really cool thing.
Danny Parkins and Carrington Harrison of 610 Sports Radio were outraged that the Chiefs drafted Tyreek Hill, who pleaded guilty to choking his pregnant girlfriend while he was an athlete/student at Oklahoma State.
The duo started a fundraiser to raise money for the Rose Brooks Center, which provides shelter for women (and children) who are victims of domestic abuse.
Here is a link to the fundraising page, which had more than $8,700 in donations by early Tuesday afternoon.
Harrison said in a phone interview that he and others often use social media to express their anger about issues like the Chiefs drafting Hill. However, he and others at KCSP wanted to do something more and something tangible.
Helping Rose Brooks is certainly a positive step.
“People have been pretty receptive toward it,” Harrison said. “I think people wanted an outlet, too.”
This is what the duo wrote on the page:
Unfortunately the Chiefs drafted Tyreek Hill. There’s nothing any of us can do about that. Here at The Drive we want to do more than just complain about his selection. Domestic violence is a societal problem that goes far beyond professional football.
Fortunately, we can help. The Rose Brooks Center right here in Kansas City is a non-profit organization that provides over 57,000 safe nights a year to local women and children seeking to escape life threatening abuse.
Lets show the Chiefs, and the rest of the country, that Kansas Citians are about more than empty words. Lets make a tangible difference in the community by doing something to help domestic violence victims.
All donations will go directly to Rose Brooks Center. Thank you for anything you can spare.
The goal was $5,000, and while that’s obviously been surpassed, they will keep the page open until Sunday at midnight.
“I just encourage people to donate,” Harrison said. “I’m happy that people have been giving.”