SPONSORED – During the football season this fall – and as the pandemic continues to affect the world – an organization has urged caring people to help it ‘fill’ a unique type of ‘stadium’ in order to make a lasting difference in the lives of many. International Compassion distinctive Fill the stadium (FTS, fillthestadium.com) provides essential food, medical care and support to injured children around the world. While many poor children and their families have been left behind by the coronavirus pandemic, the Fill the stadium The leadership team and its allies are determined to “fill the stadium” and fill a badly needed void.
Compassion CEO Jimmy Mellado says, “We are committed to caring for 70,000 children who have not been sponsored due to the coronavirus pandemic. That’s enough kids to fill the average NFL football stadium. At Compassion, we believe the empty stadiums at football matches last season were a sobering reminder to all who still need essential food, healthcare and support as this crisis continues.
Compassion has just announced remarkable news: the Fill the Stadium effort has been lifted $38,236,626which has provided essential food, medical care and support to 76,473 of the 2.2 million children in Compassion programs globally whose access to support has been interrupted by the COVID-19 closures.
But there are more children who desperately need help.
As the head of the United Nations recently noted, the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed more than 100 million people into poverty and left an astonishing four billion people with little or no health care, social support or income protection. Secretary-General António Guterres told an International Monetary Fund panel earlier this month that global solidarity “lacks action” – and that people living in poor and conflict-affected countries are suffering the most, as the Associated Press reported.
After a year of canceled matches and vacant stadiums due to the pandemic, the image of an empty stadium is one that all athletes and supporters can relate to. As satisfying as it is now to see football stadiums across the United States filled during this current fall season, it is even more gratifying to hear that Compassion’s “stadium” is completely full – and that those who have been left behind receive the vital support they need.
But there are more children who desperately need food and support, the Fill the Stadium team says. “We need to reach as many children as possible.
Those in co-leading roles in this important charitable effort are former professional quarterback Carson Palmer; Sam Burns, PGA TOUR golfer; Alyssa Naeher, member of the USA Women’s Olympic Soccer Team (which won a bronze medal in Tokyo); Nick Foles, professional football MVP quarterback; Adam Engel of the Chicago White Sox; Nick Ahmed of the Arizona Diamondbacks; Devin and Jason McCourty, NFL defensive backs; Aaron Kampman, former NFL defensive end; Nate Solder of the New York Giants; Jaccob Slavin of the Carolina Hurricanes; Brock Huard, FOX sports broadcaster and former pro quarterback; and many more. Steve Stenstrom, president of Pro Athletes Outreach, also plays a prominent role.
Founded in 1952, International Compassion is a Christian child development organization working to free children from poverty in the name of Jesus. Compassion has revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to lift children out of spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. Compassion partners with over 8,000 churches in 25 countries to deliver its holistic child development program to over 2 million babies, children and young adults. Its child sponsorship program has been validated by independent empirical research.