Myles Garrett put it simply.
âThere are people who do not know what clean water looks like. They do not know what it tastes like. There are people drinking the same water as their livestock.â
Today is World Water Day, and the NFL Superstar wants to do his part to help address the growing crisis that affects people all over the world.Â
One of the most important things to remember about athletes is that they have a life outside of the game. For Garrett, he is focused on helping others and giving back, wherever and however he can.
It is easy to get caught up in our lives. For a large majority of the United States, water is something that we take for granted.
When I talked with Myles, I was curious about something that I myself struggle with. So many people are advised to ânot care what other people think.â Yet, it is so important to be a good representation of your family, the company you work for, or any community you might be a part of. Garrett says it comes down to one thing:
âMy mom kinda said there was only one thing that mattered, kindness. She was the one who showed me the water crisis when I was a kid.â
He said that he knows what it is like to, âbe under the microscope,â and to be at the center of the conversation, but he does his best to not pay that much attention.
Instead, Garrett said that he has a lot of faith âin listening to my heart and my gut.â He feels that he is in a position where he can really change the world and affect lives.
I asked Garrett about seeing the lives he is affecting through his new partnership with Waiakea.
âI went on a trip a little over a year ago to Africa and that really opened my eyes.â
Obviously, during this pandemic, it is difficult to get around, but Garrett is, âabsolutely,â going back to Africa as soon as he can. This is something that he speaks about with passion.
âPeople have stomach aches and headaches from drinking unsafe water.â
When you are a superstar in the NFL, there is no shortage of networking opportunities and Garrett wants to put the power he has and the advantages he has to the test.
âIâve been able to get David Njoku to help out. I am trying to get Baker (Mayfield) and Christian McCaffrey next.â
But not all of us are friends with Baker Mayfield. I wanted to know what can someone such as myself do? What can the average person do to help this cause?
âJust donate. The amount doesnât even matter cause anything helps.â
And heâs right.
A $5 donation can hydrate a community for a week or a farmer for a month.
No one is asking people to break the bank. But that statistic really proves a lot. Every little bit helps.