January 27, 2011 – The Super Bowl is coming to Texas and bringing the biggest stars from across the country for the biggest sporting event of the year. The National Domestic Violence Hotline, based in Austin, Texas, is pleased the leader of the NFL, Commissioner Roger Goodell, is joining the National Domestic Violence Hotline to help bring awareness to domestic violence and to celebrate the 15th Anniversary. The Commissioner joins Dallas Cowboys superstar Jason Witten, baseball great Joe Torre and a Fabulous Array of Stars who are kicking off a year-long campaign for the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) to help end domestic violence. Click here to see the celebrities teaming up with The Hotline:
The Hotline is also pleased that one of the most accomplished performers of the last decade, honorary committee member Christina Aguilera will sing the National Anthem at the big event. She has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, achieved four #1 singles on the Billboard hot 100 chart, and has won five Grammy Awards, as well as three top five albums in the United States.
Roger Goodell is the eighth chief executive in the NFL’s 90-year history. He was chosen by the NFL club owners to succeed Paul Tagliabue on August 8, 2006 and took office on September 1, 2006. He has addressed a wide range of issues, including player health and safety, the medical needs of retired players, personal conduct, revenue sharing, stadium construction, media innovation, and international development.
Pro Bowl Tight End, Dallas Cowboys Star Jason Witten witnessed family violence as a child. He started the SCORE Foundation, now in its fourth year, to work with families in crisis. “The National Domestic Violence Hotline has done so much for victims of abuse over the last 15 years. People forget how prevalent domestic violence is and how it affects society, families and children. I am pleased to do my part to break the cycle of violence in our families in the future,” said Witten.
Three years ago, the foundation launched the Jason Witten SCOREkeepers program, a unique initiative placing full-time, trained male mentors in battered women’s shelters throughout Texas. The mentors seek to demonstrate positive male behavior to the children living in these shelters in an effort to break the cycle of violence that plagues families affected by abuse. With the help of generous grants from the Allstate Foundation, Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation has placed SCOREkeepers in six shelters across the Lone Star State. This year, the foundation launched a new domestic violence prevention program called “Coaching Boys Into Men” in high schools across Arlington, Texas. The program trains coaches to educate their players on the dangers of dating violence.
Joe Torre is Chairman of the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, which he and his wife, Ali, launched in 2002. Its mission is to develop educational programs that will end the cycle of domestic violence and save lives. In the eight years since its inception, the Foundation has educated thousands of students, parents, teachers and school faculty about the devastating effects of domestic violence.
Torre recently concluded his third and final season as Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, whom he led to the National League Championship Series in both 2008 and 2009. Previously, he spent twelve seasons as Manager of the New York Yankees, leading them to the playoffs every year, including six World Series appearances and four World Series Championships (1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000).
The celebrities will use their high profiles to help The Hotline with the 15th Anniversary promotions and will raise national awareness about the 2.3 million people who have been helped by The Hotline.
“The Hotline is honored to have such prominent leaders like Roger Goodell, Jason Witten and Joe Torre join the cause and help raise awareness about domestic violence,” said Dyanne Purcell, CEO of The National Domestic Violence Hotline. “The Hotline is open 24-hours a day, every day, with assistance in 170 languages. 1-800-799-SAFE is a life-line for women, men, children and families in danger and offers victims and those who care about them help and hope.”
The Hotline receives about 23,500 calls each month. The special 15th Anniversary Honorary Committee will increase awareness that help is available, and this awareness offers opportunities to let more people know that domestic violence can and must be stopped.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
The National Domestic Violence Hotline was established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed by Congress and is supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The Hotline is a nonprofit organization providing crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families. The Hotline answers a variety of calls and is a resource for domestic violence advocates, government officials, law enforcement agencies and the general public.
Contact: Angela Hale