Students for Life of America recently received over $57,000 from a GoFundMe organized by several students from Covington Catholic High School and conservative activist C.J. Pearson. Students for Life of America was not involved with the fundraiser and only became aware of it once the fundraiser was started. We are grateful for the support and the selflessness of the Covington students who asked that the money go to Students for Life instead of their classmates legal and public relations defense.
In a statement, Students for Life of America president Hawkins noted that the money will be used in a way that honors the Covington Catholic students. Hawkins noted, “This money will go to increasing our presence in Kentucky and preparing Students for Life leaders to deal with any controversy the media may heap on them, including additional public relations training and purchasing of various camera and audio equipment to equip students to handle controversy. Pro-life students on campuses already face hostile administrators, student government leaders, and pro-abortion academics. They should not have to face a complicit media as well.”
Organizer CJ Pearson said, “The students of Covington Catholic High School went to D.C. to support the unborn. The support that this fundraising effort has garnered speaks not only to the support that has amassed behind my new friends at Covington Catholic, in spite of the media’s attacks on their name and character, but the support for the unborn that can be found throughout America. I was blessed to be in a position to use my platform to facilitate this effort.”
Grant Hillman, a senior at Covington Catholic High School and one of the endorsers of the effort, also responded to the success of this campaign, saying, “The entire reason our school attends tht March is to support the right to life. This was overshadowed by the controversy that took place in DC and we raised money for Students for Life to bring the focus back to the original reason our school attends the March; the pro-life cause.”
Sam Schroder, also a senior at Covington, was at the March for Life. He added, “We felt like there was no better way to bring the spotlight back to the whole reason that we were there than to raise awareness and money for a pro-life cause.”
Both also noted that although they originally did not know Nicholas Sandmann, they knew most of the students involved and did not want their school and friends to be portrayed unfairly. Both said they have gotten to know Sandmann through the controversy and have become friends.