San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers is trying to uplift the spirits of others during the coronavirus pandemic, and now she’s encouraging her social media followers to do the same.
In a tweet Monday, Sowers announced her “COVID Acts of Kindness Contest.” If you share a video explaining how you are making someone else smile during these difficult times with the appropriate hashtag, you could be selected to receive a 1,000-piece pandemic puzzle of three iconic NFL venues: Lambeau Field, Arrowhead Stadium and CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
Puzzles are a great way to pass time, and unlike binge-watching “Tiger King,” they actually offer some mental stimulation. Plus, recreating a sold-out Lambeau Field packed with more than 80,000 fans serves as a reminder that normalcy will return — and may stir up some precious gridiron memories.
In other words, the prize is a win-win.
COVID ACTS OF KINDNESS CONTEST— Katie Sowers (@KatieSowers) April 7, 2020
All you have to do is share a video telling us how you are making someone smile during this pandemic. Use the hashtag #covidactsofkindness and tag me for a chance to win one of these cool puzzles. 3 winners will be selected on April 10th pic.twitter.com/ylyeSGMfhX
Last month, Sowers started raising money for Meals on Wheels, using funds she receives for recording video messages to fans. Her Cameo fee is $75, and as of last week, she has raised nearly $3,000.
In an Outsports essay about how the coronavirus is impacting her, Sowers, who became the first openly gay coach in Super Bowl history last season, said the crisis shows how nothing in life is guaranteed.
“This moment is one of the best examples of life,” she writes. “Nothing in life is guaranteed. Not even the March Madness tournament after your team officially made it. It is so critical that we recognize the beauty in that because when we do, we begin to live for today rather than for tomorrow.”