We’ll get to the fluff in a minute, if nothing else, read these important details.
Reakwon Jones is an Indiana football player, and a damn good one at that. He’s from Lynn Haven, Florida — not far from Panama City where Hurricane Michael devastated the Panhandle just a couple of weeks ago. His mother & stepfather’s home was completely destroyed in said Hurricane. So was his father’s. His mother, stepfather, brother, sister, and two dogs spent the night in Raekwon’s room after visiting for the Penn State game — because they couldn’t afford a hotel room. Zach Osterman of the IndyStar shared this story earlier this afternoon.
This is a 21-year-old man who goes out every Saturday and lays his body, career, and, yes, life on the line for zero compensation for our entertainment. You’d hope to lift up anyone in this situation, but this particular individual has damn well earned it. He receives no compensation for the work he puts in every single week. And he’s had little recourse but to sit and watch as his family has struggled in the weeks following the disaster.
Without delving deep into the diatribe about amateurism that prompts such a scenario, this is trash. We have an opportunity to help fix that.
Reakwon Jones should not feel helpless, his family should not be homeless, and that’s where you can come in. The NCAA’s has actually approved (!!) a one-time GoFundMe for the family to help them raise funds in light of the disaster.
Share with us a picture of your donation screenshot on Twitter — value or not, and we’ll give it a retweet. We’re not sure what else we can do or give away to incentivize this without jeopardizing his eligibility, but when we know, we’ll supply some prizes or turn this into a contest of sorts.
Time to put the power of the internet to work, y’all.
We’ll update this more in a bit.