by JAKE NUTTING
The New York Cosmos have joined ranks with their sporting neighbors to take part in the #NotAFan campaign — a fan-focused initiative to address domestic violence.
Cosmos head coach Gio Savarese and forward Lucky Mkosana were both featured in videos that were posted online on Wednesday. The videos also showed other local figures, including Yankees head coach Joe Giardi, former Knicks player John Stockton, current Liberty city Kiah Stokes Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia and Rangers’ NHL Hall of Fame member Rod Gilbert taking a stand against domestic violence.
The campaign was launched by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito as part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October to encourage fans of all sports to take a stand against Domestic violence.
“Domestic violence is not an easy subject to ￼discuss,” said Cosmos COO Erik Stover. “We stand with Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, on taking a leadership ￼role to raise awareness of this very real issue and bringing support to the victims in New ￼York.”
As a part of the campaign, fans are asked to wear purple along with their respective team’s usual colors and post on social media using the hashtag #NotAFan to raise awareness and donate to the NCADV at ncdav.org to help support the cause.
From the campaign’s website:
Domestic violence is a widespread social problem and professional sports are not immune. When an athlete is involved in an incident, sports fans are often caught in the middle and forced to reconcile their allegiance to a team and their feelings about domestic violence with little direction. This can cause conflict, confusion, and misunderstanding. #NotAFan provides sports fans with a medium where they can openly support their team while maintaining and communicating that domestic violence is unacceptable, rather than picking a “side.”