This Zumbathon is dedicated to raising awareness of violent deaths among Teens. It comes from the family of Baron “Deuce” Braswell who died due to an act of senseless teen violence on January 20, 2006, at the hands of school bullies at a party.
In this day and age, where all we hear is about the violent death of Americans every day, where school violence is considered a public health problem according to the CDC. On Average, 91 Americans are killed with guns every day, and the murder rate is more than 25 times the average of other developed countries. Bullying is also a leading cause of Death among Teens. There needs to be a way of prevention, by bringing awareness, and behavior modification.
Deuce’s mother, Gwen Braswell-Nash, pulled her efforts to putting together a scholarship that serves High School Seniors in the Rappahannock area; Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George, Caroline County or the City of Fredericksburg. This to recognize the dedication to sports and academics of four seniors each year. She does it to deliver an important message of unity in her son’s honor. A message of nurturing good will in kids, to encourage an abiding respect for our community, and to teach them the importance of love for themselves and compassion for all.
Braswell was a Junior and an honor student at Courtland High School. He was a varsity football player. Every year around his birthday, His family celebrates his life by bringing together the community to stand against senseless acts of violence. The Teens Against Violence Zumbathon, and The Braswell Run
This September 29th, His mother bid her son an emotional happy birthday. Deuce Braswell would have been 27 years old.