San Francisco 49ers join the It Gets Better project

San Francisco 49ers teams up with the It Gets Better campaign

San Francisco 49ers join the It Gets Better project
24 August 2012

The National Football League has its first ‘It Gets Better’ video.

Players from the San Francisco 49ers recorded a ‘It Gets Better’ spot, making the team the first US football team to join the anti-bullying movement.

The recording was due to the efforts of Sean Chapin. The San Francisco resident started a petition through the site Change. org. He was also instrumental in petitioning for the Major League Baseball  team San Francisco Giants in recording their own video earlier in the year.

‘With their "It Gets Better" video, the 49ers are shining a golden beacon of hope to LGBT youth, and as a gay man, I enthusiastically applaud their courage and leadership,’ said Chapin, in a Change.org release.

‘The San Francisco 49ers are proud to join It GetsBetter.org, to let all LGBT teens know that it gets better,’ 49ers safety Donte Whitner says in the video. ‘On behalf of the entire 49ers organization, we are on your side, and we promise it gets better.’

Joining Whitner are defensive tackles Ricky Jean Francois and Isaac Sopoaga and linebacker Ahmad Brooks.

It Gets Better started in 2010 when writer Dan Savage and his partner, Terry Miller, recorded a YouTube video in support of young LGBT people facing harassment.

 

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