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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Not Participating, Making a Difference

I was talking with a co-worker of mine this morning about the disappointing loss of the Patriots in the Superbowl. (To the Giants credit, they played hard and earned their win.) When the question came up what the NFL does with all the gear that gets printed for the team that doesn't end up winning.

He speculated that they should send it to 3rd world countries where the people don't care about the game, but would care about having clothes. We agreed that would be a better solution than just destroying it all.

He sent me this article later in the morning.

Children far removed from the game benefit as well, thanks to a partnership developed in 1994 between the NFL and the relief organization World Vision. By next week, World Vision will have delivered the pre-printed - and incorrect - Patriots champion gear to underprivileged children in Nicaragua.

Last year, the league donated Chicago Bears merchandise to children in Zambia after the Bears lost to the Indianapolis Colts, according to World Vision spokeswoman Anne Duffy.
I can't say that I agree with everything the NFL does but this speaks highly in their favor.