A cynical culture would ask us — what difference can one good deed make? This is how we could answer that cynical culture.
The last time we checked in with Demario Davis, the league had backed off the fine they were going to levy on him for his ‘Man of God’ bandana, and there was some question as to whether the fine he got he next week was *really* because of his hit, or because he and some others had prayed for the guy he had hurt while the trainer was coming out to check him out.
We’ll include the link to that story further down, in case you missed it.
But Demario Davis’s response to the bandana ‘controversy’ — in which he leveraged negative press as a way to generate donations for a children’s hospital he supports — was only part of the story.
We learn a little more about what a big-hearted guy Davis really is when we see his reaction to the outpouring of support he got from some local schoolkids. Students from the ‘King of France School’ in St. Louis showed their support by wearing paper headbands with ‘Children of God’ written across them.
Students at St. Louis King of France School wore “Child of God” headbands to class on Tuesday (Oct. 8). On its Facebook page, the school posted pictures of students and staff along with the message, “Thank you Demario Davis for reminding us that we are all men and women of god and we should lead by example.”
Students also wore their favorite Saints jersey in support of the team and Davis.
Here’s his reaction, first to the fine being rescinded:
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WOWWW look at this!! So my agent just told me that I won my appeal and won't have to pay the headband fine!! Then I see that St. Louis King France came together today to support the movement! Won’t he do it! Look at all these beautiful children of God! Always glory above so I’m taking every penny of that original $7,017 fine and donating it to @stdomhospital anyways. So far, we’ve raised over $30,000 for them from the headbands!! That means yall helped me turn a $7,000 negative into an almost $40,000 positive benefiting people who truly need it!!! Do y’all see how that worked?? Let’s gooooo. That’s crazy! Ya’ll are a part of this journey too!! I can’t thank ya’ll enough either. We on a mission over here obstacles are meant to be conquered!! I’m truly blessed as anybody. We’re restocked on the site with more #ManOfGod and #WomanOfGod color options and have added #ChildOfGod. If you haven’t purchased yours yet or didn't get the color you wanted, donations will continue to go to @stdomhospital so now is the time to stock up! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! #ManOfGod #WomanOfGod #ChildOfGod #WhoDat #TheSaintsAreTheBestTeam Get your headband at: bit.ly/56manofgod (link in bio)
And then to the outpouring of student support:
Saints’ LB Demario Davis named Week 8 NFLPA Community MVP for surprising the students at St. Louis King of France School in New Orleans with a pizza party and “Child of God” headbands while continuing his charitable campaign to raise money for St. Dominic Hospital.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 1, 2019
On Friday, not only did he treat them all a pizza lunch but he also provided each of them got one of the headbands that their paper ones were made to represent.
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