Atlanta Spurs Supporters Club

Today was a remarkable day. ATL Spurs partnered with Free99Fridge to do a wellness check and food drive at the solidarity fridge located at Best End Brewin

Free99Fridges’ are located throughout Atlanta in areas with high food insecurity. Volunteers and community members keep these fridges stocked with fresh produce, pantry staples, homemade food, baby supplies, personal hygiene products, and so much more.  Community members in need shop these fridges to help ends meet and stave off hunger. It is such a beautiful way for a community to come together with love, respect, and support.

As if this isn’t wonderful enough, each of the fridges is named in honor of a black community family member whose life was taken too soon – Korryn Gaines, Sandra Bland,  Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and Tamir Rice.

While our turnout wasn’t as high as we had hoped, I am so grateful to David Cole, Al Albritton, Matt Gragg, and Todd Stone for coming out today to clean and organize the fridge and pantry, as well as stock it with much needed goods. It was an incredibly emotional and bonding experience.

In the three hours we spent at the fridge today we met fellow volunteers who were dropping off food – including a mother and child who were dropping off items donated be the children in her son’s classroom.  We got to know the security guard who works in the area and helps those in need out by keeping the parking lot, and therefore the fridge, safe. She doesn’t stop there, though! She also collects sizes from regular shoppers and brings clothing items – particularly as the weather in Atlanta starts to turn cold.

We were also lucky enough to meet dozens of community members visiting the solidarity fridge. It simultaneously warmed and broke my heart to hand diapers directly to a young family as we were unpacking supplies. We visited with a homeless gentleman who wasn’t shy about filling us in on his and other community members’ favorite items. There was a wonderful man who sat and talked with us a spell as we all admired the beautiful sunshine. He told us about his new vegetarian diet, macro-nutrients, and how the fridge help him make it from paycheck to paycheck.

At the end of the road, we are all humans searching to survive and to connect with one another.  When we left today, after watching the fridge fill and empty and fill and empty over and over again,  I said to Matt, “I feel like we barely made a drop in the bucket.” He reminded me that every drop helps the bucket on its journey to being filled.

I know my heart was filled today.

Sad that you missed your chance to help out? Don’t be! You can visit a Free99Fridge near you any time with much needed items, shop from their Amazon Wishlist, like fellow ATL Spurs member Larry Green, or meet us at our next Free99Fridge service day in the new year.

ATL Spurs is committed to making a difference in our community. We are, in the end, all one club. COYS

Today, members of ATL Spurs competed in Soccer in the Streets’ annual ATL Champions League Tournament. This competition is an adult, 7 v. 7 tournament to raise money in support of the free programs Soccer in the Streets provides Atlanta’s youth.

Since 1989, Soccer in the Streets has been leveling the playing field for many of Atlanta’s kids who lack basic opportunities in life. They work with over 4,000 young people each year with their blend of soccer and life skills training, so they can lead positive and vibrant lives!

We at ATL Spurs are proud to be multi-year participants and supporters of such a wonderful charity. We may not have knocked it out of the park on the pitch, but we came in second in funds raised! ATL Spurs raised nearly $6000 for this wonderful youth soccer program and the tournament netted almost $50,000!

We are extremely grateful to Soccer in the Streets, the tournament organizers, and the men and women of our club who helped out both on and off the pitch to make this day a success. Special shout out to our players: Rob Lee, Todd Stone, Alan Vaughan, Matt Gragg, Mandi Sause, David Cole, Shane Walker, Al Albritton, Lacey Delayne, Eric Wilson, Saeed Nobari, and Ingrid Lacey!

ATL Spurs is committed to enacting positive change in our community. Keep your eyes peeled for our next opportunity to make a difference as we partner with the Free99Fridge in November, helping those in our community who need help filling their pantries and fridges.

Here are some highlights from our day in the sun!

ATL Spurs’ Team Photo
Pre-game Stretch
Is that a handball, Al?
Ingrid and Matt
Lacey drew first blood!
Saeed on the ball
Ready to sub!
Wally Stover: Superfan!
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ATL Spurs is teaming up with Toys for Tots for a holiday toy drive and you can help!
Starting at the NLD, bring a new, unwrapped toy to any ATL Spurs Watch Party at Meehan’s Atlantic Station and get a raffle ticket. The more toys you bring, the more tickets you get!  Toys will be accepted through December 9th. The raffle drawing will occur at the half v. Stoke City.
Help us help our community! ATL Spurs gives back!
ATL Spurs with our homeowner, Catherine
ATL Spurs with our homeowner, Catherine

This past Saturday, ATL Spurs spent a day with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity on one of their builds.
We started the misty morning meeting Catherine, the future homeowner. She told us about her children, a four-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son, and about how her little girl is very much looking forward to having her own room. Catherine is a bright, cheerful young woman, and has worked on every aspect of her home. On this particular Saturday, she hopped right up on the roof to get started. Her warm smile could be seen beaming across the lot all day.

With projects including cutting and installing siding, caulking, roofing, and interior framing, there were plenty of tasks to go around. It was an exciting day of hard work, laughter, and new friends. The atmosphere on the build site was one of teamwork and comraderie.

Thanks to Atlanta Habitat, her own hard work, and the work of community volunteers, Catherine and her family will move into their very first home in early December. As for your fellow ATL Spurs, we walked away at the end of the day with full hearts. Our few hours of hard work pays big toward Catherine’s house. She pays a 30-year, zero-interest mortgage as an Atlanta Habitat homeowner, and our work helps to reduce the cost of building her house. That makes her mortgage affordable and all of us proud! In fact, it was such a wonderful experience, that ATL Spurs will definitely be doing it again.  I hope more of you can join us next time, because we truly got more than we gave out of this service project. COYS!!

 

John on the roof
John on the roof
Matt hanging siding
Matt hanging siding
Shawn supervising
Shawn supervising
Leaving our Mark under the shingles
Leaving our Mark under the shingles
Andrew ribbing a Gooner who did roofwork next to him all day
Andrew ribbing a Gooner who did roofwork next to him all day

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