Central Indiana High School Athletes Promise Non-Violence Before Games in New Campaign – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Weather in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – If you’re at a high school basketball game at almost any school in Central Indiana, you can see students wearing black T-shirts that say “Stop Violence” on the front and “Aliens for Good” on the back. .

All of this is done to demonstrate the message of peace to the disciple’s supporters or other peers.

Tyler Harris is the Executive Director of Hoosiers for Good, a new organization that partners with local charities with college athletes using their platforms to influence and expand charitable work. They were launched back in March and the organization wanted to start an awareness campaign with Stop the Violence Indianapolis Inc. Using student-athletes in high school, they wanted to encourage young people to #TeamUpForPeace by choosing positive alternatives to gun violence.

The idea came from a previous collaboration event with Stop the Violence Inc. where they had Indiana University men’s basketball players, Trace Jackson-Davies and Race Thompson, playing for six local high school basketball teams.

“You could tell that the high school basketball teams were really paying attention to what these two influential athletes were saying, and so we wanted to do something similar, but with a larger audience,” Harris said.

The shirts were sponsored by a generous sponsor.

The goal is to get a collective message from student athletes to fans and peers at their games.

“Gun violence in Indianapolis as a whole is on the rise. In particular, teenage violence with the use of firearms. So we want to use this NIL landscape where college athletes can capitalize on their name, image, and likeness to do good in society. So many people look up to these athletes, and if we could get one teen to put down their guns or not resort to gun violence, potentially saving a life, it would be worth it,” said Harris, who said college athletes are showing their support. campaign by posting it on social media.

Indiana University linebacker Aaron Casey posted his video last month.

“I chose to unite for peace because I know a family that lost a loved one to gun violence and no one should lose a family member in such a tragic and preventable way,” Casey said. “I want to use my voice and my platform to make my community a safer place by influencing others to not be violent or use conflict resolution,” Casey said.

Julius Stevens is a board member of Stop the Violence Indianapolis, Inc. and said campaign consists of two stages.

The first phase involved partnering with the Indiana University football team to promote the message on social media.

“In phase 2, we contacted high schools in Indianapolis and townships. They will be wearing sweatshirts while warming up with Stop the Violence and will also try to influence their peers to stop the violence,” Stevens said. “We want to take the kids before they take up arms.”

He said the campaign is like a pilot program and they hope to expand beyond Central Indiana.