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Drew Brees helps bring a victory for children in Thailand

A different kind of football victory- to benefit children in Thailand- to report just in time for Super Bowl Sunday. In partnership with Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints quarterback, Companies With a Mission awarded a $5,000 grant to Not For Sale for a video submitted by some very creative volunteers in their annual Super Service Challenge. The challenge […]

Not For Sale Welcomes Dave Perron

We’re thrilled to announce Dave Perron as the newest member of the Not For Sale team. Dave joins us as  Special Consultant to the Team Not For Sale Program.  The appointment of Mr. Perron signals an ever growing interest in scaling engagement within the professional sports community. Perron said, “It is a thrill to be with an organization that is […]
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Major League Baseball Fighting Slavery

 Four ballparks, 14 players, and thousands of people cheering on the fight against slavery. It was a busy summer for Team Not For Sale. Team NFS started with one player and his desire to see the end of human trafficking. “We are trying to leave behind a legacy. When we leave this game, we hope […]
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Team NFS Heads Down Under

In partnership with Not For Sale, Australian Cricketers will be joining a growing global team of professional athletes to use their platform, connecting their on-field success to the movement to end modern-day slavery. Team NFS is a movement of athletes, artists and musicians who are committed to using their skills and passions to make a positive change in the world. How does it work? Individuals pledge to make a donation for a particular on-field achievement. Each time that particular achievement is reached, capital is raised, funding Not For Sale’s efforts to free children from exploitation around the world.    “A lot of people are shocked to hear that there are 30 million people living in slavery today, and [many] of those are children,” Dave Batstone, Not For Sale’s President, said. “So we decided to create a program that not only releases a child from slavery, but provides them a new future.”   The notion is simple; every child should be free to play. Through Team NFS, Not For Sale seeks to mobilize everyday people, providing them with an entry point into activism. Imagine a baseball pitcher striking out an opponent in San Francisco, a cricketer hitting a six in India and a football player scoring a goal in Europe – all fighting child slavery.  This narrative, connecting sporting culture to the abolitionist movement, is extremely profound.   Already the platform has attracted incredible support from Major League Baseball in the United States, with over 15 professional baseball players joining Team NFS. Their donations, through Not For Sale’s partners on the ground, helped construct a multi-purpose sports court at the NFS Thailand project, which allows over 100 children access to a safe space for recreation and physical activity including basketball and soccer. Children, who were once vulnerable to extreme exploitation, can now enjoy the rehabilitation that physical activity provides.   Now it’s Australia’s turn: First up, International Cricket. The simple yet powerful idea, that of creating new futures and new identities for once enslaved children, has caught the attention of Australian International Cricketers.  With a global fan base of 2.5 billion people, International Cricket has the potential to enact a fundamental cultural shift, while at the same time, creating new futures for some of the most dispossessed and marginalized children in our world.   Ed Cowan, opening batsman for the Australian Cricket Team has become a proud supporter of Not For Sale – joining Team NFS. “When I was growing up, I had the opportunity to dream. I was given every opportunity to play, to grow, to choose my own path, my own destiny. And now, I am lucky enough to play cricket for my country.    This freedom is unfortunately not a reality for many people around the world – especially for many children. Slavery steals that dream, that opportunity…and I want to partner with Not For Sale to help give it back.”   Cowan has pledged $1 to Not For Sale for every run he scores this season, with an extra $50 added to the tally for every century he makes. Given his recent success in England, Cowan has already raised over $500 to fight slavery!    Cowan has also been busy recruiting other cricketers to join the fight. With Australian teammate George Bailey also signing on as a member of Team NFS. Bailey has matched Cowan’s pledge of $1 per run this season; including any runs he scores in the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka this month- for which he is the Australian Captain.   In partnership with Not For Sale, Australian Cricketers will be joining a growing global team of professional athletes to use their platform, connecting their on-field success to the movement to end modern-day slavery. Team NFS is a movement of athletes, artists and musicians who are committed to using their skills and passions to make a positive change in the world. How does it work? Individuals pledge to make a donation for a particular on-field achievement. Each time that particular achievement is reached, capital is raised, funding Not For Sale’s efforts to free children from exploitation around the world.

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Brandon Belt Brings His Bat to the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Last Friday, San Francisco Giants first baseman and Team NFS AllStar Brandon Belt apologized to Not For Sale President, Dave Batstone, at the home plate ceremony during the 3rd Annual Free2Play night at AT&T ballpark. Brandon had pledged at Spring Training to give Not For Sale a donation for every homerun he hit. But up to last Friday, he had not hit one home run during the season. He promised Dave he would start hitting them soon and said, “I want to help you fight slavery!” Not For Sale board member Mike Keriakos told Brandon to lighten up and that he would give $200 to match every homer Belt hit. This week, Brandon hit three home runs in three games!
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Free2Play’s Jeremy Affeldt Inspires Students in San Francisco

Athletes have a huge ability to influence culture through their game. Affeldt said, “I want people to get in the fight against human trafficking. We need to make a significant mark in this world with the help of fans joining us. Fans are what we need. They are the ones that will cause this movement to accelerate.”
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Spring Arbor University’s Tennis Team is Free2Play – Are you?

Free2Play began when Dave Batstone’s son Caelin led his soccer team in raising funds for Not For Sale by committing to donate for every soccer goal made. Realizing that this could be more than just a soccer game, Not For Sale created Free2Play as a way to support survivors of human trafficking through physical activity and love of sports. This year, Major League Baseball players have jumped on board, pledging to donate money to Not For Sale based on their specific statistics this season. Not only have star players like Jeremy Affeldt and Matt Holliday joined Team Free2Play, but community and university teams across the nation are also leading the charge.

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Free2Play: Major League Baseball Players Fighting Slavery

More than 17 Major League Baseball players – from at least eight different teams – have joined the fight against human trafficking by pledging to donate to Not For Sale’s Free2Play initiative. Not For Sale, an anti-trafficking organization based in California, set up the Free2Play platform as a way to fund athletic programs for victims of human trafficking. The CNN Freedom Project spoke to a few of those players about the issue of modern-day slavery and why they’re taking up the cause.
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WATCH: A Holiday Wish from Jeremy Affeldt of the SF Giants

Thank you for partnering with us in the movement to end slavery. What an impact we’ve made in 2011 — and we can’t wait to get to work in 2012.


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