Members of the Jets and Giants, at Event on June 4, to Challenge Teen Boys to Commit to Ending Relationship Abuse and Speaking Out Against Domestic Violence

May 31, 2011

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Current and former NFL players will join the NFL Players Association and the Verizon Foundation on Saturday (June 4) to launch “Training Camps for Life.” At the event, the athletes and other leaders will address topics such as healthy teen relationships and overcoming adversity. More than 600 New Jersey teens are expected to attend the event at Rutgers University. The players will challenge attendees to take the LIVERESPECT pledge, a commitment to end teen relationship abuse and speak out against domestic violence.

    WHO:        Chris Canty, defensive tackle (New York Giants)
                D'Brickashaw Ferguson, offensive tackle, (New York Jets)
                Jeremy Zuttah, offensive lineman (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
                William "Tra" Thomas, former NFL player (Philadelphia Eagles)
                Richie Armstrong, former NCAA basketball standout

    WHAT:       Training Camp for Life

    WHEN:       9: a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4
                 Media is asked to arrive by 8:30 a.m. (a detailed agenda is
                 available upon request).  To request broadcast quality b-
                 roll: mr@synapticdigital.com or 212.812.7084.

    WHERE:      Nicholas Music Center - Douglass Campus, Rutgers University
                85 George St., New Brunswick

                 Raising awareness of domestic violence and aiding in its
                 prevention is a key mission of the Verizon Foundation. The
                 Training Camp for Life event at Rutgers is one of 12
                 scheduled such events to be held across the country this
                 year. All are funded through a substantial grant from the
                 Verizon Foundation to A CALL TO MEN. One in three teens
                 experiences relationship abuse and nearly half - 47 percent
                 - report having done something that compromised their values
    BACKGROUND:  to appease their partner.

SOURCE Verizon

Source: newswire

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