The Creative Power of Retired Athletes

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The Creative Power of Retired Athletes

by | Jul 20, 2020 | RAFRU | 0 comments

Improving the UNITY of the WORLD

“Creative power can pull down mountains of evil and level hilltops of injustice.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Creative Power of Retired Athletes

I never imagined, not in a million years, that I’d be involved in leading a grassroots movement to improve the unity of the world. I’m only writing this today because I paid attention when the Universe suggested it to me nearly four years ago in the fall of 2016, and I’ve hung on to that inspiration until it was ready to be turned into action.

Racial strife—reignited by the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, NC—was weighing heavily on my mind as I embarked on a Twenty-Eight-Mile Make-a-Wish Foundation Hike. Ten long hours of hiking and thinking. Reflecting on the escalating racial tensions of the day. Recalling times of racial unity in my past. My thoughts began to zero in on football, the spirit of team unity, and the positive impact sports had on my life—back then and still to this day.

In sports, it didn’t matter what a teammate looked like or where he came from. It didn’t matter to which god the guy next to me prayed or whom he voted for or how much money his family made. Common goals, shared work, and the united spirit of a group of athletes trying to win games increased unity and reduced race as an issue of relevance. Character and trust mattered. Skin color did not.

Deep in thought. Deep into the wilderness of the Carolina mountains. An idea came in a sudden burst. Retired Athletes for Racial Unity. “RAFRU,” I said aloud. Then I thought, “We can build a website and ask retired athletes who share our mission of unity to join us by sharing their story about racial unity during their athletic career, and they can also help us spread the love through their social media community too‼”

In our next post, you’ll learn how the inspiration I received deep within the solitude of the wilderness is about to become a reality with a slightly different name, Retired Athletes for Radical Unity.

Stay tuned!

We’re getting ready to improve the UNITY of the WORLD, one person at a time.
I hope you’ll be joining us…

With Love,

Matt

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