Ray Rice is most well-known for his position as a running back for the Baltimore Ravens. Some people might even refer to him as #27. He is a Super Bowl Champion, and his moves on the field often put people on the edge of their seats. You may have even heard his fans screaming “hey diddle, diddle, Ray Rice up the middle” during one of his many bold plays.
What many people may not pay as much attention to is what Rice does off the field. The first thing that fans should be aware of is the great amount of time Ray Rice spends doing charitable work. One of the major issues he has taken to heart is anti-bullying. His campaign to help children who have been the victims of severe bullying is a great testament to the huge heart that beats within this larger-than-life football hero.
Bullying is a serious problem in the United States today. Statistics from BullyingStatistics.Org state that suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it. They further add that a study done in Britain found that at least half of suicides by minors is directly related to bullying issues.
Rice helped get Grace’s Law passed in Maryland which makes online bullying a criminal offense in that state. Grace McComas committed suicide after she was relentlessly bullied online. The 15-year-old had been bullied for months prior to her death. Rice said that he played with an injury this year and was told by some fantasy football players that he should just kill himself. He went on to ask that you imagine what that must feel like for a teenager or child to hear those types of things from their peers.
Also included in the Ray Rice Foundation agenda is giving school supplies to children in need, football camps, and tutoring. He is a football player who gets knee-deep into the community and willingly gives back. Our hats are off to you, Mr. Rice, for caring so much about the community. You have been richly blessed and so have we.