Campus Events Enlist Students Against Trafficking
The attention-grabbing power of sports celebrities is turning to serious conversations on the issue of human trafficking in a series of events on U.S. college campuses.
In partnership with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF , the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) is hosting 10 events this school year on college and university campuses across the United States. Shut Out Trafficking educates students on the brutality of human trafficking and the $150 billion dollar industry it has become, with the goal of inspiring them to take meaningful action. Students are encouraged to think about how the power of love and forgiveness can contribute to the understanding of our common humanity.
The Fetzer Institute is partnering with NCAS on the events, which in turn partnered with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Prominent athletes, coaches, athletic administrators and students speak out and educate peers during a one-week program at each university. Along with raising awareness about the global trafficking industry and the prominence of human trafficking in the United States, the program aims to create a cadre of volunteer activists on the issue.
Events began in fall 2014 at LaSalle, St. John’s, Tulane, Brown and Central Florida, and continue in spring 2015 at Denver, Chicago State, UCLA, Nebraska and Alabama.
The events include public service announcements, film screenings, appearances by prominent student-athletes and coaches as well as discussion groups with students. Speakers share their personal stories and their reflections about the power of love and forgiveness in their lives. Students participating in the events are invited to become active in the fight to end human trafficking.
Established by sports-based social activist Richard Lapchick in 1985, the mission of NCAS is to use the power of sport to affect positive social change. The essence of NCAS is to operationalize love and forgiveness as members bring back former student-athletes who did not graduate when their eligibility expired to get a second chance to earn their degree.
This is a project of the Fetzer Advisory Council on Sport & Embodied Spiritual Practice.