NFL players cook up a treat for CPLC clients
by Garardo Peña, CPLC De Colores
On September 18th, players from the Arizona Cardinals prepared Teppenki style Japanese food for 40 De Colores clients and staff at Sapporo’s Restaurant. The players entertained and cooked in several cooking stations, creating a truly memorable evening for the clients, who interacted with players and cheerleaders, obtained autographs, and took pictures. The Cardinals gave their guests t-shirts, memorabilia, and game tickets. The Cardinals made sure to take care of the children at De Colores as well. They set up Kid Zone equipment at the shelter and, along with the Cardinals Mascot, Big Red, entertained 25 children while their parents went out to dinner.
The clients in our program all have faced domestic violence at the hands of a partner. Being treated with dignity and respect by important people, especially by men, helps improve their self-esteem and change their perception of men. The De Colores clients who attended the event all reported that they felt very special that the Cardinals organization and the players would take time to out of their busy schedules to serve them. One client even said she felt like a princess. After what these women have been through, feeling special is truly significant.
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