Second Chances are Something to Cheer About

A Guest Blog from Amelia Goodyear, Amicus Director of Youth and Mental Health Services

I’m not a huge sports fan, but I do like second chances.

In sports this year, second chances means that even after their disappointing defeat by the Saints last season, I was still excited to watch the Minnesota Vikings open against their former conquerors this fall. Despite a disheartening loss in that game, I continued to hope that Brett Favre would rally, would seize this second chance to return to former glory.

Well, I guess when it comes to chances in sports, Minnesotans are patient. Sack after painful sack, interception after dreadful interception, Minnesota maintained faith that this former great would redeem his game. If we can be so patient in sports, perhaps we can consider other second chances, too. I mean, we’re the state that gave a former professional wrestler a chance to prove himself as a politician! What about giving our prisoners a second chance to lead productive lives?

In sports last night I got to watch a former prisoner prove that he took his second chance seriously. Displaying focus, skill, determination and leadership, Michael Vick broke numerous records in an exhilarating game against the Washington Redskins. Vick, once the highest paid player in football, was no longer a hot commodity after serving nearly two years for involvement in illegal dog fighting. He found a supporter, however, in Coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I’m a believer that as long as people go through the right process, they deserve a second chance,” Reid said when he signed Vick to his team in 2009.

Reid must be feeling thrilled now that he gave Michael Vick that chance. Take this opportunity to contribute to some second chances for Minnesotans.

Today, Tuesday, Nov. 16,  is Give to the Max Day at Amicus.  What a great day to honor second chances with a donation!