For Immediate Release – April 27, 2020
19NoMore Challenge Is On
Fans Ask Leagues to Retire #19
“Clear to Cheer” Initiative Also Announced
(Orlando, FL) – In the midst of the global pandemic, passionate, action oriented sports fans have been stuck on the sidelines. The 19NoMore Challenge collectively challenges athletes, entities and leagues to stand united so we are eventually “Clear to Cheer”. Off the field, we ask you to support TBD testing kits and protocols while attending future sports events. On the field of play, we strive to eliminate the memory of COVID-19 via the 19NoMore Challenge as follows:
1.) The 19NoMore Challenge confirms that the “new sports normal” should not include the number 19 on sports bibs, cars, hats, jerseys, sweaters, t-shirts etc. both as tribute to the trials and tribulations of COVID-19, while also honoring those who have fought this virus. The goal is to secure at least one more pledge than those whose lives were lost by the deadly disease. The 19NoMore Challenge implores all fans of all sports to use 19nomore.com as a voice to respectfully petition the powers that be from top global sports associations, entities and leagues including, but not limited to the A7FL, AFL, AHL, Bundesliga, CFL, Chinese Basketball Association, CPBL, ECHL, English Football League, FIBA, Football Association, Frontier League, Hyundai A – League, ICC, IndyCar Series, IIHF, IOC, KBO, KHL, La Liga, Ligue 1, MLB/MiLB, MLL, MLR, MLS/NWSL, Liga MX, NASCAR, NBA/WNBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, NLL, NPB, NRL, Premier League, Serie A, UEFA, USL, World Rugby, and all others that want to join this cause and no longer issue the number 19 to their players moving forward. We are asking current athletes, coaches, and officials that wear the number 19 to change to #91 or their second favorite number. However, if a current athlete does not want to make that commitment, the team that he or she plays for agrees that said player will be the last to wear the number 19.
“Under an exceedingly different circumstance there is past precedent for setting aside a number for an entire sport”, cited Ken Lehner, Chief Creative Officer of Skye Management and 19NoMore Challenge spokesperson. “In particular, Major League Baseball retired the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson in 1997. At that time 13 players were wearing the number 42. They were grandfathered in to wear it for the rest of their careers, but no future MLB player was assigned the number. At the conclusion of the 1997 MLB baseball season, six of the 13 players switched numbers. Marino Rivera was the last to wear number 42 in 2013.”
2.) Fans and other interested parties can also Visit 19NoMore.com to place an advance order for a 19NoMore “Clear to Cheer” t-shirt that will be produced post-pandemic. The design will feature the 19NoMore Clear to Cheer logo on the front and official league logos on the back that agree to no longer use the number 19 on their uniforms. The net proceeds of these t-shirts will be donated to develop and/or purchase testing kits and/or equipment so that fans can safely access live sports again. The CDC Foundation, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s COVID-19 Response Fund and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO will be the primary beneficiaries. This fundraising effort will play a small role in ensuring that fans of all sports can confidentially and safely return to enjoying their favorite sports and teams live in person.
“Let’s rally! We ask fans to please join the 19NoMore Challenge now as a united swell of support can save future lives by preventing the spread of COVID-19 at future sports events,” said Lehner. “Speaking on behalf of cooped up sports fans around the world, we are eager for sports to return and be back in our seats “Clear to Cheer” after all we are all on the same team as the common opponent is COVID-19.”
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