Bo Jackson helped pay for funerals for Ovaldi shooting victims


Former NFL and NFL star Bo Jackson revealed this week that he has anonymously donated $170,000 to help cover funeral costs for the 21 people killed in the May mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Ovaldi, Texas . The 59-year-old told The Associated Press, “I was just trying [with the donation] To put a little sunlight in someone’s cloud, a very dark cloud. “

The classroom shooting, one of the deadliest shootings in US history, claimed the lives of 19 children and teachers. Three days after it happened, Jackson and a friend traveled to Ovaldi and made the previously anonymous donation during a brief meeting with Governor Greg Abbott (right).

“It is not right for parents to bury their children,” Jackson said. “this is not true.”

Jackson told the Associated Press of a personal connection with Yuvaldi, a town he’s been through and stopped by several times — describing it as a place that “sticks in your mind.”

Jackson said he didn’t want to “turn this into anything [but] What is the. But the Heisman Cup winner also pointed to the increasing frequency of school shootings in the United States.

“The last thing you want to hear is that there is an active shooter at your child’s school,” Jackson said. “This is happening everywhere now.”

On the day of the shooting, Jackson posted a tweet in which he mourned the victims of the deadly attack that ended with “This can’t go on.”

“America… let’s stop all this nonsense please. Please pray for all the victims. If you hear something, say something. We are not supposed to bury our children. I pray to all the families across the country who lost loved ones in a foolish shooting. He wrote this.” can not continue.

Later that day, ahead of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr used his pre-game press conference to criticize congressional leaders for not taking action on gun control, urging the Senate to pass the Resource Act Human 8, a bill that requires background checks. Before all gun sales. Kerr’s father, Malcolm, was president of the American University of Beirut when he was murdered outside his office in 1984.

On May 25, Jackson retweeted a video of the press conference, in which he wrote, “I stand with Steve Kerr.”

Jackson’s donation is the latest example of his charitable efforts. He runs the annual Bo Bikes Bama event, a bike ride to raise money for the Alabama Emergency Relief Fund. His Give Me A Chance Foundation hosts youth sports camps and leagues across the country.

“In a truly selfless act, Poe covered all the funeral expenses for the families of the victims so they didn’t have a single thing to worry about when they were grieving,” Abbott said.

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