In only a couple of weeks since Virginia Tech introduced their plans to honor Michael Vick with an induction into their Sports Hall of Fame, tens of hundreds have voiced opposition to the award.
Former Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick can be formally inducted into the college’s Sports Hall of Fame in a rite on September 22 – except the tens of hundreds of sports activities enthusiasts and canine fans opposing the respect have any say within the topic.
Two separate petitions petitioning Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands have already garnered greater than 200,000 signatures, with extra being added via the minute.
In one trade.org petition, Rachel Beasley issues to the standards for honorees of the award. The standards in particular states that the recipient, “Must be of good character and reputation/not have been a source of embarrassment to the university in any way.”
She continues, “Michael Vick was an outstanding football player, but his character is far from outstanding. The disappointment I feel for my beloved university is crushing. Virginia Tech is a much respected, upstanding school that has persevered after horrible tragedies. Please help me in expressing my disagreement with this decision and persuade President Sands and the Hall of Fame selection committee to repeal Michael Vick’s induction. The recipients of this outstanding honor should be role models, not felons. Michael Vick is far from worthy of this honor.”
In a 2d petition, Jennifer Breeden explains that via inducting Michael Vick, a non graduate of the college, into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame, they’re going to honor a person for his athletic skill fairly than spotting him for being a good and honorable human being.
She continues, “I would hope a top leading University, especially one who has an excellent Veterinary Program, would take a second look at themselves and evaluate what they want to be known for. Michael Vick should be anything but honored at Virginia Tech, and absolutely not inducted into the VT Sports Hall of Fame.”
In addition to the petitions, the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, of which Virginia Tech is one of two father or mother universities, launched a remark from Dean Cyril R. Clarke opposing the college’s resolution to honor Vick:
“The recent decision to induct Michael Vick into the VT Sports Hall of Fame has generated a tremendous response from both the veterinary community and those who share our commitment to animal welfare and promoting the humane treatment of animals. The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine was not part of the nomination process nor the decision, which was made by a committee of past athletes. The College unequivocally opposes honoring an individual whose past actions contradict our values and the cornerstone of our mission. Over the course of several days, I have communicated with President Sands and other campus administrators to express our disappointment and opposition to this decision. I continue to be in conversations with the president regarding this issue.”
Still, in spite of opposition, Virginia Tech stands at the back of their resolution to honor Vick.
“Mr. Vick’s induction into the university’s sports Hall of Fame acknowledges his tremendous achievements as a student athlete — who some will say was the greatest in the history of the university,” it reads. “We keep in mind that there are those that don’t and can by no means consider this resolution.
“In considering Mr. Vick’s nomination to our sports Hall of Fame, the criminal activities in which he engaged, his subsequent conviction and time he served for his crime were also considered, and it was informed by the remorse he has shown since that conviction, the work he is currently engaged in to advance animal welfare issues, as well as his efforts to help our current student athletes, based on lessons he’s learned in his own life, make positive choices as they begin their adult lives. This in no way condones the actions for which he was convicted. The university remains dedicated to the protection of animal health and welfare and embodies great care and compassion for all living animals.”
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