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Sioux Falls Storm, Children’s Inn Team Up To Prevent Child Abuse

April 17, 2014, 7:15 AM by Stephanie Gregory

Sioux Falls Storm, Children’s Inn Team Up To Prevent Child Abuse

Just six months ago, two-year-old Tyrese Ruffin died from injuries he received while being allegedly abused by his mother's boyfriend. The story gained national attention because Tyrese is the son of Minnesota Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson. After the event the Sioux Falls Storm wanted to do something to bring awareness to child abuse.

Now the team and its owners are partnering up with the Children's Inn.

"All the way from our owners down to our players, we're all very excited about this," said Storm Director Of Operations, Eric Van Beek.

Van Beek and others are teaming up with the Children's Inn Operations Director Amy Carter and her staff.

"When we first got that call from the storm and the other partners, it was really cool they wanted to do something to raise awareness," said Carter.

"When we had our first meeting with the Children's Inn they gave us a tour and until you go in there, it's an eye opening experience," said Van Beek.

Hundreds of women and children seek help from Carter and her staff at the emergency shelter. Though some may say it is a taboo topic, Carter says it is absolutely necessary for people to talk about it and bring awareness to abuse.

"There are a lot of people in this area that have gone through a lot whether it's neglect or abuse, there are a lot of women and children, I believe 554 children stayed at the Children's Inn just last year," said Van Beek.

"We need to talk about it, we need to educated people in how to recognize it with kids, we need to be able to talk to our kids about it so they can tell us if things are happening, so this is one step in that direction and April is the best time to do that since it is child abuse awareness month," said Carter.

The game is on Saturday and starts at 7:05. There will be a t-shirt giveaway and the team will be taking donations, 100% of the proceeds go to the Children's Inn. You can donate to the Children's Inn through the Storm at

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