In the wake of last week's unthinkable tragedy that sent shockwaves through both the video game and NFL worlds, Tampa Bay Bucs receiver Mike Evans is stepping up to do his part. When a disgruntled gamer opened fire on a Madden Tournament last week in Jacksonville, killing two people and injuring 11 more, it stole the peace of mind around the safety of video game tournaments. 


Mike Evans decided to team up with Shay Kivlen, a lucky survivor of the shooting, known as "Young Kiv" within the competitive Madden world, to bring that peace of mind back. Kivlen lost his best friend Elijah "Trueboy" Clayton and his close friend Taylor "Spotmeplzzz" Robertson in the shooting and is understandably still struggling through it.

This cause struck home a bit for Mike Evans, who lost his father to gun violence when he was just nine years old. 


This type of event is a great way to not only raise money but raise awareness to help the families make it through this unthinkable and senseless tragedy. The Jacksonville Fallen Gamers Fund is primarily raising money for the funeral costs of those lost. 


This is a perfect example of something bigger than sports. It's incredible to see athletes, especially athletes from the communities and regions directly affected, step up and donate their time or money. 


Although Young Shiv laid the beatdown on Mike Evans in the actual game, the score didn't matter. The only thing that mattered, and will matter moving forward, is honoring those lost, the recovery of those left behind and the peace of mind for those in the future. 


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