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Student Running A Company Aiming To End Gun Violence Receives 25 College Offers

by : Lucy Connolly on : 14 Dec 2019 12:18
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A student who runs a company advocating against gun violence has received offers from 25 universities, including Ivy League schools.

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RuQuan Brown, 17 – a high school football captain from Washington, DC, who has led his team to multiple championships – has received offers from Harvard, Yale, Princeton and others to play football.

Many of the offers came as coach recommendations and ‘likely’ letters – which has the effect of a formal letter of admission as the Ivy League doesn’t offer scholarships – to play the game on a full scholarship.

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The college offers came after Brown launched Love1 earlier this year, a merchandise business advocating against guns and raising awareness to end such violence.

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The 17-year-old decided to do so as a result of tragedy; he lost his stepfather last year to gun violence, and a football teammate in 2017 to the same thing. So he decided to do something positive about it.

He said, as per CNN:

No matter how many guns we remove from the streets, people are still at risk of death.

Brown said his stepfather, Arnelius Howell, taught him about ‘football, being a man, respect, family and so many other things’. He added: ‘My dad was my role model, my hero, my big brother, every role that you could imagine a dad should play, he was that.’

Howell was fatally shot on October 26, 2018, in a killing which the teenager said changed his life. ‘When this happened, I knew that I had to start something to end gun violence,’ Brown said.

A year before the death of his stepfather, Brown’s closest football teammate, Robert Lee Arthur Jr., 18, died from a fatal gunshot wound in September 2017. After losing both loved ones in such a tragic way, Brown launched Love1 on January 30, 2019, his stepfather’s birthday.

He named part of his company after Arthur’s jersey number, 1, with his company donating 20% of proceeds to One Gun Gone, an anti-gun violence art project in Rhode Island. From proceeds raised, One Gun Gone offers a gun buyback programme and makes art from them.

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Scott Lapham, the project’s director, said he values Brown’s ‘desire to transform the absolute pain of losing loved ones to gun violence into a positive gesture’ by donating a percentage of Love1’s profits to the art project, despite the distance between the two initiatives.

What an inspirational guy and an amazing vision. Congratulations, RuQuan!

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Lucy Connolly

A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).

Topics: News, America, Gun Control, Gun violence, guns, Student, washington

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