“Ray of Hope” Campaign Shines Bright at Towson University
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice took over Towson University’s SECU Arena on Friday evening in an effort to curb bullying among today’s youth.
The jam packed crowd featured many parents and their children who jumped at the chance to help Ray spread the message of his Ray of Hope campaign.
“You have to stand for something.” Rice stated when asked about why he chose anti-bullying as his calling.
“A young girl by the name of Grace McComas was bullied into taking her own life. That story right there just really touched home. I got to know the family and speak to the family and decided it is time to take a stand.”
Several people joined Ray in spreading the message on Friday including Chris McComas (Grace’s mother), First lady of Maryland and judge Katie O’Malley, actor Eric Martinez as well as actor Quinton Aaron who played Michael Oher in The Blind Side.
“The one thing that we really need to teach the kids, who are not being bullied and who are not bullies, is that they all need to be witnesses and stand-up when they see it,” O’Malley said. “The more children that stand-up and say this has got to stop . . . and take a stand against it; they’re really going to be protecting people, future Grace McComases.”
The evening had a pep rally type feel to it. There was music and entertainment prior to the program as well as many community oriented resource booths that people could visit.
Rice ended with the statement ”Words hurt today. Man, it’s like a tube of toothpaste. Once it’s out, you can’t put it back in. That’s what happens. It leaves scars in you for life.”
The message was clear. The message was strong. It is time for each and everyone of us to take a stand against bullying.
You just never know whose life you may save.
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