Joshua Peterson, 16 years old, is one of two players registered to work in the Groves High School football team poll in Savannah. He and his partners participate in other volunteer programs, such as delivering donated mattresses to needy families. But working in elections is a big responsibility, Peterson said. “It’s important for us to give back to the community, and own your life and destiny.”
Youth participation will help Compensates the drops of old pollsters who are sitting outside Because of this election season Universal epidemic. NFL Coronovirus Protocol – increased after Wrath around the league – Players are severely limited from traveling beyond their homes and team facilities. So while Falcon players have spent months emphasizing their message to students on virtual conference calls, they will not be able to show up in person to support the participating teens.
Even persuading some youngsters to take action has added some significance to the Falcons’ season which has largely gone the wrong way on the field. Atlanta holds a 2–6 record and is ranked last in their division. The team Its head coach Dan Quinn and its general manager were fired, Thomas Dimitroff, mid-October.
Before the season began, the team’s three-year-old Social Justice Committee players had more influential ways of grass-roots activism following team-conference calls and meetings with local leaders following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police in May Discovered . The committee decided that one area where voters could have a large impact on engagement was speaking directly with high school football players, whom they felt would establish relationships with athletes.
Their call, which typically lasted about 45 minutes and followed practice, began with Falcons players receiving information about the legislative process, then posing questions to students, who asked about activism as well as football concerns How do players cope with such a defeat?
On one such call, Allen, who is Black, is being dragged by the police and fears he is being racially profiled for driving an expensive car. If students want to change policing methods, Allen said, they should join their communities. King Walker, a linebacker at Washington High School, said he was surprised that the Falcons players were struggling with the same issues they were facing. Walker said her mother often reminds her to drive carefully to avoid being stopped by police and not to wear a hoodie when she doesn’t drive away from the Falcons Home Stadium in her neighborhood.