American Ninja Warrior co-host Akbar Gbajabiamila is hoping to use his star status to help put an end to domestic violence.
The 37-year-old former NFL pro has joined forces with Meathead Movers -- a for-profit student athlete moving company that provides free moving services to victims of domestic violence -- to launch #MoveToEndDV, a non-profit organization that is working to get businesses to take the pledge of helping shelters and victims of abuse by donating their resources. "There's nearly 20 people a minute who are physically abused. That's a lot, those numbers add up," Gbajabiamila tells ETonline. "There are a lot of people who need to get out of that type of situation."
Gbajabiamila, who was once a student athlete himself, is serving as a celebrity ambassador for the movement and hopes to inspire others to get involved and urge businesses worldwide to unite in an effort to end domestic violence. "Essentially what I've signed on for is to kind of just get people aware of it, [to leverage] my celebrity status to get other celebrities to just be an ambassador," he shares. "And get the conversation started about ending domestic violence."
"Whatever it is you have to offer that your business can do, the more they can get other businesses to get involved," Gbajabiamila adds.
"Our ultimate goal is to ensure that every county has free services available to victims that are looking to flee an abusive situation," #MoveToEndDV's website explains. "In order to provide these services, we're asking our ambassadors to reach out to local shelters to request a Wish List of Needs to help lower their overhead costs."
So far, momentum has been building on social media around the organization's message, and thanks to the involvement of people like Gbajabiamila.
— #MoveToEndDV (@MoveToEndDV) September 26, 2016
For more information about the #MoveToEndDV campaign and to learn how to get involved as a pledging business, ambassador volunteer or donor, visit www.movetoenddv.org.