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Garrity Named AFL Pulse Player of the Week

06/01/2014 9:30 AM -

Iowa’s Garrity Named AFL Pulse Player of the Week

CHICAGO – Iowa Barnstormers center Mike Garrity has been named the AFL Pulse Player of the Week for his recent philanthropic efforts.

Garrity (6-6, 320, Eastern Illinois), who is in his third season with the Barnstormers, has visited several elementary schools as part of the “We’ve Got Your Back” program, which combats bullying in schools.

“The most important thing that we can do is to go out and talk to these kids and encourage them to not be a bystander and watch bullying take place, but stand up against it,” Garrity said.

Garrity is particularly passionate about the anti-bullying campaign, because he can offer his own experience to students.

“Bullying affected me growing up, so to be able to share my story and to relate to these kids and what they’re going through makes me feel better,” Garrity said.

As a professional athlete, Garrity understands how important it is to make an impact in a community that supports him throughout the season.

“I’ve been here in Des Moines for three seasons and it’s my home away from home,” Garrity said. “Any way that I can get out and help in this area, I feel that I should do it.”

The We've Got Your Back Anti-Bullying campaign is sponsored by Powerade, Atlantic Bottling Company, and MidAmerican Energy. 



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