Crows star’s fight against vi­o­lence

The Advertiser - - NEWS - EL­IZ­A­BETH HEN­SON

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.

Pic­ture: DEAN MARTIN/AAP

TEAM EF­FORT: Crows ruck­man Sam Jacobs and cricket great Dar­ren Lehmann.

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