ATLANTA (Nov. 15, 2012) — On Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 6-7:30 p.m., the entire Atlanta Hawks team and coaching staff, Atlanta Hawks President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Danny Ferry, Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena President Bob Williams and United Way of Greater Atlanta President Milton J. Little, Jr., will serve a Thanksgiving meal to 300 individuals at Clarkston Community Center, located within United Way’s DeKalb County Opportunity Zone. The DeKalb Opportunity Zone, which includes Scottsdale and Clarkston, has among the highest poverty rates in the county and represents the largest resettlement of refugees in Georgia.
“We are proud to partner once again with the Atlanta Hawks for this initiative,” says Little. “When we come together to help those stricken with poverty and struggling to put food on the table during the holidays, it’s programs such as this that takes the burden off of families just a little. We are always grateful and heartened by the Hawks’ generosity and commitment to outstanding community service.”
United Way created four Opportunity Zones where community volunteers and partners are opening the doors of opportunity for residents with services and support in the areas of education, income, health and ending homelessness. In these zones — located in Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett and DeKalb counties — United Way partners with families, agencies and community leaders to take long-term action to reduce the cycle of poverty. The Atlanta Hawks organization will help in these efforts by serving a Thanksgiving meal, courtesy of Levy Cares, at Clarkston Community Center.
“Having a year-round partnership with the United Way that allows us to make an on-going difference in the lives of those living in the city that we call home is very important to the Hawks organization,” said Bob Williams, President, Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena. “Serving a meal this Thanksgiving to those involved with the DeKalb County Opportunity Zone is just one way that we will give back in the areas where our fans live, work and play.”
In addition to receiving a Thanksgiving meal, each family will take home a food basket courtesy of Kroger.
“Kroger is honored to support the Atlanta Hawks in providing donations to help feed those who are less fortunate in our communities this holiday season” says Glynn Jenkins, Director of Communications and Public Relations for Kroger’s Atlanta Division.
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