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HopeLine with NFL Player William Gay



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William GayNew York, NY – Last Wednesday at the Bryant Park Verizon Store in NYC, NFL player and Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback, William Gay and ​award-winning actress Uzo Aduba joined Verizon’s HopeLine program to take action against Domestic Violence.

Since 2001, HopeLine collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries, chargers from any service provider and turns them into support for domestic violence awareness and prevention organizations. Verizon also donates phones, complete with service and data, to domestic violence organizations such as Safe Horizon for use by victims and survivors.

In an effort to help raise awareness about Domestic Violence, I am doing a three-part series about the subject. Three interviews were conducted and the first individual I interviewed was William Gay who at the age of 7-years-old lost his mother, Carolyn Hall, to Domestic Violence. She was shot and murdered by Gay’s stepfather.

In my conversation with Gay, he revealed how the violent death of his Mother affected him as a young man. Now NFL player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gay also emphasized the importance on how we can help raise awareness.

Following my interview with William, I interviewed Verizon Executive, Rose Kirk who educated me about Verizon’s HopeLine program’s mission and services. In order to have a clearer understanding of what Domestic Violence is, I interviewed Safe Horizon representative, Juanito Vargas.

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