NFL Star Von Miller To Feed 580K Kids w/ COVID-19 Relief Campaign
Denver Bronco star Von Miller is putting his NFL pads down in order to help students facing hunger amid the ongoing health crisis. On Monday (May 25th), the decorated defensive back announced his “Von Sacks COVID” relief campaign which aims to help underprivileged students in Colorado and Texas.
In his announcement, Von Miller, who has been in quarantine since being diagnosed with COVID-19 in April, says he’s ready to protect students off the field just as he does with the Broncos. Von Miller begins,
“What we have seen over the past two months is unprecedented. The coronavirus has effected everyone in some way. I have spent the past few weeks social distancing as I recover from the virus myself. But there are thousands of kids in my home states of Colorado and Texas who are unable to get daily meals because schools are closed for the foreseeable future. In fact, 1 in 7 kids already live with hunger.
He continues, adding their goal is to feed more than half a million students,
“To help these kids out, I am launching the Von Sacks COVID campaign. With your help, we will achive our goal of providing 580,000 meals to students in need. “
In a recent interview, Miller dished on why he decided to step up to help those in need in Texas and Colorado. He tells the Washington Post,
“I just want to do as much as I can to spread awareness. To be honest, whenever this virus started, I was trying to stay out the way. I was trying to stay home, stay out the way and wait this thing out. I ended up getting the virus at home. That’s when it really hit me, like, just staying low and social distancing ain’t enough. I’ve got to do my part.”
Miller adds what has been his worst experience with COVID,
“Not being able to breathe. I got asthma, but it was past the asthma attack — like my lungs were constricting. My asthma nebulizer helped, but it still didn’t feel like it was supposed to. That was the most frightening part. Just going to sleep knowing that my oxygen level could drop and I could wake up and have to go to the hospital.
You can’t really taste. You can’t really smell. That in turn kind of messes with your appetite, so you’re not really eating like you’re supposed to. The first four, five days I was honestly nervous. I wouldn’t say that I thought I was going to die or anything like that, but it did cross my mind a little bit.”
As reported, back in mid-April Miller was first diagnosed with the deadly virus which has taken the lives of nearly 100,000 in the U.S. alone. At the time, Miller became the second active NFL player to confirm he has tested positive. Rams player Brian Allen has also tested positive. Saints coach Sean Payton has also recovered from the illness.