Friday, March 7, 2014

Message From Sandy Hook Promise Co-Founder and Ultimate Player

On December 14, 2012, a troubled young man shot his way into Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut with an AR-15 assault rifle, two pistols and 500 rounds of ammunition. Twenty beautiful children and six dedicated educators lost their lives in five minutes. Within two days, a group of Ultimate Frisbee players began organizing other members of the community to help those who lost the most on that awful day and to ensure it never would happen again.

A week later, eight dads who had been playing pickup Ultimate every Tuesday night for 5 years banded with other parents to form Sandy Hook Promise. The non-profit they established has not only helped the community of Newtown to get back on its feet, it has emerged as an important, non-partisan voice in the national debate on ending gun violence through common-sense solutions.

While many of the co-founders are still involved today as volunteers and board members, Sandy Hook Promise is now led by some of the parents who lost their precious children. They, too, have embraced the ethos that led those Ultimate players to pull together: to treat others as you would want to be treated. The spirit of the game guides Sandy Hook Promise in its mission of keeping our children and communities safe.

Listen to NPR's story on how the bonds of Ultimate guided Sandy Hook Promise:

I am asking the Ultimate community to Make the Promise and support us with a donation.

Thank you so much,
Rob Cox


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