The news of family separation and child detention at the border has flooded our newsfeed this past month. The Trump Administration proclaimed a "zero-tolerance" immigration policy which landed more than 2,500 children in detention centers. After much uproar from the public, Trump issued an executive order to end family separations, yet 2,000 children are reportedly still in detention.
Meanwhile, Washington Redskins Josh Norman and New Orleans Saints Demario Davis teamed up to do something for the lucky few who had been reunited with their families. The NFL players met at a Walmart in San Antonio, Texas at 3am and browsed the aisles for toys, book bags, and other gifts for the families who had been detained. They later assembled care packages and drove to the border to personally meet with the families and offer their gifts. Davis later tweeted, "I don't care how much the world hates. I will always choose love. #BorderChildren"
It's not often that we see activists crossing lines to address issues that don’t directly affect them. Usually, people act on causes near to their heart because they have been impacted or know someone who has been impacted by a certain problem. In this case, however, Norman and Davis went out of their way to invest in a social issue of another people group. That kind of empathy put into action is a special act of service, and we will certainly continue to see athletes use their resources and platform to advocate for causes that are outside their scope of experience.
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