For those of you who do not know, my name is Ted Harrison, and I am the guy behind a few of the Baylor Hype Videos you may have seen. You might know me as "tedvid," "that guy who posts GIFs" or even "that guy who one time discovered a portal to another dimension in the bathroom of Old Main." What you may not know, is that I do, in fact make videos for a living. It is awesome, I love my job. Sometimes that job makes it difficult to keep up the level of quality, and abundance of Baylor hype videos that some of you have come to expect.
I will be honest, when a few of you you batted around the idea of a kickstarter or something similar to help fund my time, on the surface it was appealing (I live in New York City after all and the cost of living is SLIGHTLY different than Waco). However, it never sat right with me for a number of reasons, chief of which is that I do not possess the level of self-importance required to ask people to give me money to do something I get enjoyment out of without any monetary entanglements.
All of that out there - I do believe there is enough interest in the videos that we can use this as an opportunity to help others and the university we all love so much. I tweeted about it earlier today, but want to make a more formal explanation available here for reference. To put it simply:
If you donate on or before October 31st to either A) Baylor University B) The Preemptive Love Coalition or C) Familes of SMA, you will be credited in the next hype video. Just send me an email here to verify it, and please include how you would like to be credited (twitter handle, ODB handle, maybe even your actual name, in honor of someone else, etc.).
A brief explanation of the two charities listed above (I figure the Baylor option does not need explaining):
This organization is providing, even amidst crisis in the area, life-saving heart surgeries to children who would never otherwise receive them in Iraq. It also has more Baylor ties than you can probably count and I spent time with the team there in 2011. For more information on what they do, why they do it, and how they are helping the world at large. Please check out this video (that I was fortunate enough to get to make) that explains even further the need to help:
From their website: "SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) is a disease that robs people of physical strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, taking away the ability to walk, eat, or breathe. It is the number one genetic cause of death for infants."
If you have been around the blog a while, chances are you have heard the incredible story of Mark's son William and if you have not, then please stop whatever you are doing right now and read this post from Our Daily Bears' managing editor. It is a story of strength, hope and encouragement for all - we are lucky to have Mark lead our SB Nation presence.
I am no different than any fan out there, we all help to make a difference for Baylor's national image. I hope that knowing that no matter how much or little is donated, the videos will keep coming, sits well with you. I just want to carry on something that my time at Baylor taught me well: others matter more than me.
Sic 'Em Bears!