WAITT FAMILY FOUNDATION UNDERWRITES FOUNDING
FATHERS CAMPAIGN TO MOBILIZE MEN TO TAKE STAND
NEW YORK -- June 1, 2004 -- Gateway
Computers founder Ted Waitt joined New York Yankees
manager Joe Torre, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons,
Liz Claiborne CEO Paul Charron, and business
leaders at an event in New York to encourage
men across the country to become “Founding
Fathers” and to pledge their efforts to
stop domestic violence. The event was part of
a nationwide campaign to mobilize men to take
a stand against violence.
Founding Fathers Campaign Co-Chairmen, (left
to right) Joe Torre, Ted Waitt, Russell Simmons, and Paul Charron show their combined
The effort, organized through The Family Violence
Prevention Fund, will aim to engage men to teach
young males that violence against women is wrong. “ I
am so proud the Chair the 2004 Founding Fathers
Campaign,“ said Waitt, “because when
we stop violence in a home, we help give a young
girl or boy the safe, peaceful childhood they
deserve. When we teach a teenager that violence
is wrong, we prevent him from becoming a bully
and batterer who goes through life harming others.
And when we empower a young man to speak out
against violence, we help him become an example
for others and start a chain of positive action
that can extend indefinitely.”
Torre, who has previously discussed growing up in an abusive household, said
his father, a police officer in New York, "was violent with my mom." " He
never hit me, but the scars that a child takes with him into adulthood, they
don't go away," Torre said Tuesday. Torre, who has led the Yankees to
four World Series titles, added that coaches and managers need to do more
to foster healthy attitudes toward women among athletes. " You tell
them to be aggressive, go out there and beat somebody up, go out there and
win a ballgame, and unfortunately when they go out on a date that night they
don't take `No' for an answer," he said.
The Waitt Family Foundation underwrites the “Founding Fathers” campaign
along with support from Liz Claiborne, Inc, HomeGoods, and The Wireless Foundation.
line up to sign the campaign pledge.
Ted Waitt, (left) Chairman of the 2004
campaign is one of the first to sign.