MacArthur Players Pledge Against Domestic Violence
The MacArthur and Adamson high school football teams may be opponents on the playing field, but the two are part of the same team in a pledge against domestic violence.
Football players at Irving ISD’s MacArthur High School have joined the Stop Domestic Violence campaign, which was started by a coach in Dallas ISD. Two weeks ago, MacArthur football players wrote pledges to end the abuse and took pictures holding those pledges.
“We have a responsibility as men to protect our women,” wrote MacArthur Cardinals quarterback and captain Kane Hardin.
Cardinals wide receiver and team captain Rashad Fisher pledged to help stop domestic violence because “it’s never the right thing to do regardless of the situation.”
Football coach Josh Ragsdale at Dallas ISD’s Adamson High School began the movement three years ago and later extended the challenge to neighboring teams. Coaches in Irving ISD embraced the efforts.
“It was important for our players to participate in this project because we wanted them to be aware of the issues that exist in regards to domestic violence,” says Brian Basil, athletic coordinator and head football coach at MacArthur. “We want to educate them on how to be part of the solution.”
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, every nine seconds in the U.S., a woman is assaulted or beaten. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. Over the span of a year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. In addition, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of severe physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
Through this campaign, MacArthur High School football players have pledged to join the team to eradicate those numbers.
PHOTO 1: The MacArthur High School football team took the pledge to help end domestic violence.
PHOTO 2: MacArthur Cardinals quarterback and captain Kane Hardin pledges to help stop domestic violence because “we have a responsibility as men to protect our women.”
PHOTO 3: MacArthur Cardinals wide receiver and team captain Rashad Fisher pledges to help stop domestic violence because “it’s never the right thing to do regardless of the situation.”