Child abuse in America continues to be a sensitive topic but remains obtuse when it comes to putting an end to the senseless happenings. Although there are various organizations combating child abuse, Prevent Child Abuse America leads the fight.
Founder Donna J. Stone managed to bring national awareness to the subject since 1972. With chapters etched in every crevice of the United States of America, the company continues to assist 100,000 families annually through their voluntary visitation program that is 21 years old and contributed to a $1.5 billion provision outlined in the Affordable Healthcare Act specifically for home visitation.
Expanding their reach to other entities of involvement, PCAA collaborated with Ties.com and a handful of professional athletes, including L.A. Clippers point guard Chris Paul and center Ronny Turiaf, Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh, Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love and Detroit Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson. VIBE caught up with the ballers as they dished on the style-centric collaboration and the importance in wearing neck wear for a cause.
VIBE: What does this collaboration with PCAA and Ties.com mean to you? Why was it important for you to be involved?
Chris Paul: I’m excited to join PCAA and Ties.com in bringing awareness to child abuse prevention. We all play a role in making sure that our kids develop in a healthy environment.
Ronny Turiaf: Any organization that commits to protecting and improving the rights of children is one that I am proud to be associated with. I’m very passionate about fashion, so for me to get involved in this particular project with Ties.com, was a no-brainer.
Lawrence Jackson: The proper care and rearing of a child is integral to their development. It breaks my heart to know that some children’s futures are being destroyed within their own homes. Partnering with a company that is doing something to combat this serious issue is something I felt compelled to get involved with.
What inspired you to pick your particular tie design?
CP: I chose the argyle pattern because I knew my twin brother Cliff Paul would wear it.
RT: It was a perfect design to describe my personality–serious with a splash of funkiness.
LJ: I like simplicity in my ties. I don’t like mixing patterns. Less is more.
When did you first learn how to tie a tie? Did you struggle with it or were you a natural pro?
CP: My mom taught me when I was a teenager. It took me a while to get it right.
RT: I first learned how to do it when I got to college. One of my teammates taught me. I was taught later about the double knot, and ever since then, I’m fascinated by it.
LJ: During my senior year of high school, while I was getting ready for prom. I wasn’t a natural and would like to learn how to tie multiple knots actually!
VIBE: Do you prefer wearing ties when you’re dressed up or with casual gear?
Chris Paul: I feel comfortable wearing a tie both when I’m dressed up and in casual gear.
Ronny Turiaf: Dressed up.
Lawrence Jackson: I prefer wearing ties while being dressed up, especially during the season on road games.
What is your one must-have spring men’s accessory?
CP: A nice time piece.
RT: A perfect time piece to complete my look.
LJ: The perfect pair of sunglasses to make everything come together, without pretending to be a “cool guy.” No, I do not wear my shades at night [Laughs].
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