2011- The Year the Victims Spoke Up!

Time Magazine named ‘The Protestor’ their person of the year. An interesting choice and clearly based on the fact that protestors brought attention to issues from Libya to Occupy Wall Street and insisted on change.

Less visible protestors sought change as well:  A young college student worked tirelessly to gain support from thousands as she acted to compel big banks to drop newly imposed fees. And the people who finally had the courage to speak up about Penn State and Syracuse brought attention to the problems that have existed in sports for years.

Those who spoke up before against financial crimes of people like Bernie Madoff,  finally saw some justice in 2011, but the suicide of Madoff’s own son gave us pause to realize that victims are not always those we see as  directly impacted by wrong doing.

The courage of the Penn State and Syracuse victims has prompted society to insist on better. Their courage has allowed us to refuse to accept the status quo of sports legacies and institutions. Their efforts have ripped through sports programs , universities , high schools and clubs across the country. We hope their courage will not be in vain , but will continue to provide strength for others to speak up and for all of us to act and do  the right thing in 2012 and beyond.

We hope 2012 will be the year that we address the structure of institutions that is flawed, not the single coach who acts badly. We hope 2012 will be the year when people stop acting busy and start acting for the  greater good of humanity.

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