On Thursday, August 19th, Highmark Stadium will join over 90 iconic landmarks around the globe in going purple to show support and solidarity for the launch of #WeThe15. Each gate pylon graphic around the stadium will be purple, the color of disability awareness, all day long as a part of this initiative.
WeThe15 aims to end discrimination towards all people with disabilities and acts as a global movement publicly campaigning for disability visibility, inclusion, and accessibility. Their 10-year campaign is intended to celebrate 15% of the world's population with disabilities and empower governments, businesses, and the public to make a commitment to an inclusive society.
With the Paralympic summer games starting next Tuesday, The International Paralympic Committee wanted to start a movement to break the stigma against all people with disabilities. And help shine a light to show the world that even though they might be a little different, they can all fulfill their potential and be active and visible members of society.
For defensive tackle Harrison Phillips, this cause is near and dear to his heart. Phillips works closely with young kids with developmental or physical differences and has continued to affect positive change through his Playmakers Organization. The Bills nominee for the 2020 Walter Payton Man of the Year is grateful that the Bills organization is taking part in this initiative.
"From the day I first got drafted here – and that was by Pancho Billa – I realized that this entire organization, starting with our ownership and the Pegula's, Terry and Kim, that they care about the community of Western New York," Phillips said. "They care about a lot of the social justice, charitable and philanthropic things. It's extremely important to me. I love so much that the place that I work and the organization that I'm a part of supports all these causes that I have passions for too. It does make being a Buffalo Bill very special."
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