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NFL Star Calls Out Secretary Of Education Betsy DeVos For Trying To Cut Special Olympics Funding

Betsy DeVos tries to cut Special Olympics funding!

NFL running back Jamaal Charles is thankfully calling out Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for the latest in a series of tone-deaf, incompetent moves she’s made since Donald Trump appointed the billionaire to her current role in his Cabinet.
This time, DeVos is coming under fire after earlier this week she took heat for trying to cut $18 MILLION from Special Olympics funding nationwide — which would be almost comically evil if it weren’t so disgusting and short-sighted.
Two days after the cuts were proposed by DeVos, Trump ended up reversing course and restoring funding, thankfully — but the damage was done.
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And for Charles, who is the NFL’s all time leader in rushing yards per carry and enjoyed a long career with the Kansas City Chiefs and more recently the Denver Broncos, DeVos’ budget cut was unacceptable.
The star running back spoke to the media about the funding cuts, and revealed that after being diagnosed with a learning disability at a young age, he used the track and field events at the Special Olympics to help him get past difficult parts of his childhood.
The running back acknowledged (below):

“Special Olympics is one of the best things that ever happened to me.”

Charles is a great example of a Special Olympian who did something incredible in his life, but even the football star knows that’s not what it’s about.

Jamaal Charles
Jamaal Charles’ inspiring story has led him from the Special Olympics to the NFL! / (c) WENN

Later in the interview, the athlete recalled how those events in his childhood helped him better deal with bullying and other problems that came with his disability — and he’s very thankful that funding was quickly restored to the organization.
Charles added (below):

“When you go to some of these games right here, these kids will just put a smile on your face. Winning is really nothing to them. It’s just really just having fun.”

You can watch video of all of Charles’ comments about being a part of the Special Olympics HERE.
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Clearly, real people are directly and very positively affected — an NFL superstar like Jamaal Charles here is a great example — and maybe the Trump administration ought to do well to think about things like that before cutting funding to such an important and impactful program!
Reactions, Perezcious readers?! What do U think about DeVos’ terrible decision — and people like Charles speaking out about it?? Sound OFF in the comments (below)…
[Image via NBC ’60 Minutes/YouTube/WENN]

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Mar 30, 2019 13:05pm PDT