March 2, 2006
| A man who holds the Iron
Man title in the NBA for the
most consecutive games played, who
was a first round selection in the
L.A. Lakers college draft, who has
three championship rings, was in
the NBA finals four times, and whose
engaging handsome smile accompanies
athleticism that is nothing short
What is the
likelihood that this describes a
man who has adored only one woman,
so much so that he chose to be loyal
to her even before he ever met her?
Who loved her so much that he turned
down every other woman who pounded
on his door during 16 years in the
NBA? And in loyalty to his love,
was abstinent until his wedding
day at age 38?
Do you think
that man exists?
He does. His
name is A.C. Green, former forward
for the L.A. Lakers. And his one
love is Veronique, a woman who,
like her husband AC, has a heart
of gold, a generous spirit, and
determination of steel.
reached out to young people from
the very start of his career, and
has never stopped. In founding the
Green Youth Foundation and Club
AC, his impact off the court
has been as impressive as his athletic
career on the court. His tireless
determination to help guide the
vulnerable and impressionable kids
of our communities reveals that
his loving heart is as powerful
as his game.
He says about
Club AC, The A.C. Green Youth
Foundation is about building character,
building strong bodies and strong
minds, winning and losing with dignity,
teamwork, and sacrifice. We provide
programs that ignite dreams and
an abstinence program that says
it's okay to wait until marriage.
In short, we are building leaders.
Leaders who, in their individual
capacity, no matter what their station
in life, will be able to stand up
for what is right instead of wrong,
and in fact, will be their brother's
to influence the younger
generation, both male and female,
to fulfill their potential by tenaciously
pursuing their dreams in accordance
with their gifts and talents.
recently wrote a letter in support
of abstinence in response to an
article written by Arthur Caplan,
Director of the Center for Bioethics,
University of Pennsylvania. Caplan
expressed strong opposition to abstinence
efforts. I invite you to read AC's
wonderful response on the foundations
With the permission
of A.C. Green's foundation, I include
some portions of AC's letter here.
the founder of a national abstinence
organization, and as a husband
who married his wife as a virgin
(at the age of 38), I ask that
you thoughtfully consider my response.
you put forth may be popular in
academia; however, history has
certainly taught us that popular
ideas are often wrong. Therefore,
I think we can agree that the
evidence and the truth
should dictate our conclusion...
that 45 percent of U.S. teens
have had sex by the time they
reach 18. Simple subtraction tells
me that means 55 percent have
of 1,000 girls conducted by Emory
University found that of a dozen
possible sex education topics,
the most popular (chosen by 84
percent of the respondents) was
more information on how to say
"no" to a boyfriend's
requests for sex without losing
the boyfriend. Among sexually
active teens, 8 out of 10 girls
and 6 out of 10 boys say that
they wish they had waited to
. Parents also weigh in on
the side of abstinence. According
to the Heritage Foundation, approximately
85 percent of parents believe
that teaching about abstinence
should be emphasized as much as,
or more than, teaching about contraception.
Only 8 percent believe that promoting
contraception is more important
against the effectiveness of abstinence,
yet it is 100% reliable. You say
we cant expect teenagers
to be abstinent, yet I made it
through adolescence (and 16 NBA
seasons!) unscathed. My Foundation
has worked with many young men
and women who have chosen abstinence.
Others have recommitted themselves
to abstinence after experiencing
firsthand the pain that results
from sex outside of marriage.
until marriage is the best decision
physically, emotionally, socially
and intellectually. That is the
truth. To justify your viewpoint
by saying kids cant
choose to be abstinent is
to portray our children as little
more than animals with uncontrollable
urges. Boys and girls who cant
learn to choose the best for their
future. Perhaps that is how you
see America. But I see the young
men and women in this country
as children with dreams, with
unlimited potential, and with
choices to make.
we all have a choice to make.
I choose the truth."
Thank you A.C.
and Veronique for setting such a
wonderful example for so many kids!
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Jeannine Kellogg, based in Minneapolis,
has a Masters in Business Administration
and works in the technology field.
Outside of work she enjoys writing,
travel, and teaching piano.