With all the division we've seen over the past couple of years, it's easy to forget just how effectively sports can bring people together.
We got a glimpse of that on Monday night and Tuesday morning as the San Francisco 49ers announced that they'll be auctioning off their game-worn jerseys from their game against the New York Giants in order to raise money for the victims of the devastating wildfire in California.
Turning their loss into a monumental gain for the community, the 49ers have reminded us yet again how the sports world is more than just what happens on the field.
Game-worn jerseys from the 49ers from Monday night loss against the Giants will be auctioned off, with all net proceeds going to North Valley Community Foundation, in support of victims and survivors of the devastating Camp Fire.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 13, 2018
The wildfire in Northern California has already claimed 42 lives. The fire is the worst in state history, as it's destroyed over 125,000 acres of land along with 6,500 homes. Upwards of 5,000 personnel are still working to contain the fire out west.
As lives have been lost and others significantly damaged, this move by the San Francisco franchise was certainly a necessary one. The disaster isn't even over yet and the damage is overwhelming already.
Michelle and I are heartbroken for everybody who’s lost so much in California, and grateful for the heroism of the firefighters who’ve been risking their lives around the clock to save others. Please do what you can to help our fellow Americans in need: https://t.co/13rm1D6Rwk— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 12, 2018
Bravo to the 49ers for making this classy move on behalf of their fellow statesmen. This wasn't the first time we've seen the grace of sports in action, and it won't be the last.
Thoughts go out to everyone affected by the disaster out in California.