Crows star’s fight against violence
HAVING witnessed his fair share of violence on the footy field, Adelaide Crows star Sam Jacobs is now doing his bit to stop young people falling victim to such behaviour.
The veteran ruckman has signed on to be an ambassador for the Sammy D Foundation in a bid to raise awareness of programs that help to empower youths to make safe and positive life choices.
Jacobs joins cricket great Darren Lehmann who has been a long-time ambassador for the foundation, which aims to educate young people about the consequences of violence and the risks associated with alcohol and illicit drugs.
“Violence in sport has obviously been a big issue,” Jacobs said yesterday.
“I just see way too much physicality. I guess it starts with local footy but it extends to social sport as well where, for whatever reason – the competitiveness or the exertion of energy – people just find that they need to be violent.”
To young people who may be prone to violence, Jacobs had this message: “First of all, step back and remove yourself from the situation.
“And if they’re not willing to do that, part of the messaging that’s big in the Sammy D Foundation is helping mates, so we’d expect someone else to be able to come in and remove them from the situation.”
The foundation was set up by Neil Davis and Natalie Cook after their 17-year-old son, Sam, was killed in 2008 by a single punch while at a party.
TEAM EFFORT: Crows ruckman Sam Jacobs and cricket great Darren Lehmann.