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Chicago Tribune Interviews Dr. Prewitt-White on Her Anonymous Good Deed That Went Viral 11.06.15
Chicago Tribune Interviews Dr. Prewitt-White on Her Anonymous Good Deed That Went Viral

Chicago Tribune interviewed Tanya Prewitt-White, Ph.D., about how she and her husband made a discreet act of kindness that went viral when a witness took a picture and shared it on Facebook, asking everyone to help identify and thank the couple.

Prewitt-White and her husband were on Chicago's Blue Line train when they slipped some money into a sleeping homeless man's bag. They left quietly, assuming no one had seen. However, over the next few days, the picture spread rapidly via social media and eventually got back to Prewitt-White and her husband when friends began recognizing them in the photo.

The post had been shared around 45,000 times when it caught the eye of Chicago Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens, who coincidentally knows Prewitt-White. The two get together regularly to discuss their writing. Stevens decided to reach out and ask about the extraordinary public response.

"I woke up Monday morning with about 100 notifications on my cellphone from Facebook," Prewitt-White said. "I thought, 'I know it's not my birthday, so what's going on?'"

She also shared her view on the importance of "paying it forward". "My husband and I both feel like, you know, we have full-time jobs. We're not in the top 10 percent or anything, but we're able to give, and we should."

Dr. Prewitt-White is a professor of sport and health psychology at Adler whose area of interest and expertise include the exploitation of women in recruiting male athletes to college sports programs.

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