Saints player Demario Davis has turned controversy into a positive movement after a fine for a uniform violation on the field. Davis wore a headband that said “Man of God” during a game and was fined $7k for the uniform infraction that was overturned.
Word got out about what happened and the backlash began. One of the groups that jumped in to speak up for Davis just so happened to be school kids in the New Orleans area attending St. Louis King of France School. The kids all made headbands that said “Child of God” and wore them at school. Davis took notice and wanted to visit the kids.
Flash forward, and the kids got a special visit from their hero!
WDSU reports that children from 6-weeks-old in cribs, all the way to seventh graders, filed in the gym at St. Louis King of France Monday morning. They knew a big surprise awaited them. They could smell the boxes of pizza donated for their lunch, but they had no idea who was hiding behind the curtain.
He had to come show how much the support meant to him – in person! pic.twitter.com/NbfespFwHb
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 28, 2019
New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis was named Community MVP:
— Christina Watkins (@CWatkinsWDSU) November 1, 2019
In the end, Davis says it was he who got more out of the day, experiencing the pureness of heart that comes from children.
With headband sales plus the matching donor we’ve now raised over $200,000 for @StDomHospital! Wow.. from -$7,000 to $200,000+ only God can do that!! I think we can make it even more. Keep sharing & let’s see where we can get this! https://t.co/tUndNVQSk1 pic.twitter.com/HIgykSdc52
— Demario Davis #56 (@demario__davis) October 27, 2019
Davis has already raised over $200k to help build a new emergency room for a local hospital that his mother worked at!
The teams at Mad Genius enjoyed working with pro football player Demario Davis on the St. Dominic's Hospital ER expansion campaign. Learn more and donate at: https://t.co/RJ1CtON6Dt pic.twitter.com/Em2yfSErS8
— Mad Genius (@madgsocial) October 29, 2019