Ever since Laura Ingraham told Lebron James to “shut up and dribble,” athletes have been increasingly making political statements. In the past three or four months, athletes in every major professional sport have been advocating for change in some sort of fashion. From the NBA placing Black Lives Matter across the court and allowing players to put statements of change on their jersey to players in the English Premier League taking a knee before kicking off, athletes across the globe have been calling for change.
Very few of the athletes advocating for change are actually actively trying to create the change they advocate for.
Marcus Rashford, a forward for Manchester United, is one of them. For those who don’t watch soccer or don’t know anything about it, Manchester United is one of the world’s most famous soccer clubs and plays in the English Premier League, the top tier of English football.
Once COVID-19 took over the world, many people were left unemployed and struggled to put food on the table for their families. Rashford has been trying to help alleviate that problem by calling upon the UK’s government to supply meals to struggling families.
Recently, Rashford got tired of waiting and started doing something about it himself. Rashford has started tweeting locations where families are able to get meals.
🗣 Calling all incredible local businesses…
Out of curiosity, how many complimentary Childrens meals have each of you supplied today? Day 1 of Half Term.
Can you let me know number and where you are located.
Thank you x
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) October 26, 2020
For weeks, his twitter has been filled with nothing but locations in which families can find meals and food. His action has sparked others across the UK to do the same.
Rashford then started a campaign that has been backed not only by football clubs, but also companies like Nestle and General Mills. On October 28, his petition passed over one million signatures.
Few athletes physically create the change they talk about. Rashford is creating the change he wants to see and that’s how athletes need to do it.
Rashford saw a problem and is trying to fix it. He is not just talking about a problem to only just leave it at that. He is actively doing something. Many athletes just talk about the issue while the camera is on them in the press room or in an interview after the game, but rarely does that do anything to create change.
Athletes are in a special spot where they not only have a major platform, but also are able to be the one to lead the change they want to see. Rashford has done that. He has used his platform to be that started the action and now he has over a million signatures with companies and regular people helping him create it.
If you would like to sign the petition or see what he is doing click here.
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