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I am sure you are all heartbroken like I am when watching the news about tragedies like the Oklahoma Tornado, Colorado Floods and now the typhoon in the Philippines. When we are so far away from a tragedy and the only visual we get is from the media, with people describing this typhoon as 10x worse than Katrina, we can feel removed and helpless. We have a social responsibility to help, however, in any way that we can. As the famous saying goes, and the sign in the Red Wings locker room reads, “To whom much is given, much is expected”. I love that we have our Spouses in Sports sisterhood and First Responders group as a place where we can come together from near and far and chat about where to help. SiS First Responders has partnered directly with the American Red Cross to raise funds to help those hurting in the Philippines. You can make a donation by clicking on the right side of this page to the Red Cross who is on the ground working with through the devastation. I hope that you will continue to use SiS First Responders as a resource when things happen around the world. Please get in touch with us on how you can be involved. We will soon have information on a consignment program through the RealReal for the First Responders fund and welcome any additional ideas for supporting the causes that need our help.
As a professional athlete, no matter what level you are at, you are touched by blessings and a world that can be surreal. When tragedy happens it is very real and can change people’s worlds forever. Part of being involved in sports is recognizing your blessings and knowing you can make a difference. It’s important to share our time and talent, and our platform can inspire others to give as well. I use the quote quite often, “the bigger the team, the bigger the difference”. For example, I am coordinating a drive next weekend through our church to collect items needed in the Philippines. Our church has many Philippine families with loved ones stranded or missing. I can’t imagine what they are going through and this is our way of showing that we care. Hopefully we can bring more attention to the need, inspire others and collect more because of it.
A couple of other things going on this month….
For baseball season just being over I know that there is a transition of fitting our spouses back into the family. I have lived it many times over and my best recommendation is to recognize the transition is real and treat it that way. It can be difficult on both sides. With Jamie recently “retired”, we just spent our first full year together in my house. We survived and in fact celebrated 25 years of marriage last month!
We are constantly working on getting the site just right. We are adding the ability to comment on articles soon and are increasing our newsletters to twice each month. Also, look for information on our holiday drive for Soldier’s Angels coming next week. Our membership and site contributors are growing daily and we love receiving your thoughts, ideas and feedback. We are so thankful for your support!
Karen Phelps Moyer
Founder of Spouses in Sports
Wife of MLB Pitcher Jamie Moyer