radickey
by Ali Berman
Categories: Causes, People, Sports
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Photo: Bombay Teen Challenge

NY Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey threw caution to the wind and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for sex trafficking.

For a man whose career depends on being healthy and without injury, taking on such a difficult task for a cause is truly inspiring. According to Huffington Post, management even told him that they would void his contract if he got injured on the climb.

Why risk it? The baseball player told CNN, “The thought of my own daughters being exposed to the atrocities that happen in Mumbai, in the brothels, and through sex slavery over there just was heartbreaking…and so I felt almost criminal not trying to use any platform that I had to raise awareness for a cause that is incredibly worthy.”

Happily, the pitcher made it home safely, and so far has raised $89,104 for Bombay Teen Challenge, an organization that fights human trafficking in India. There is still time to give. Check out Dickey’s crowdrise site to find out more.

 

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is a writer, teacher and activist. She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Ali is also a fiction writer. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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