Last week, I got to go to one of the three Boys and Girl’s Clubs in Atlanta operated by the Salvation Army. The difference between this Boys and Girls Club and others is this one is being run by the Salvation Army, so they can infuse Christian messages into their programming.
I spent the afternoon there, and they are truly doing God’s work. Kids come in after school, and they have a safe place to go play games and do their homework. Outside of being hustled by a 2nd grader at bumper pool, it was positive experience.
Our group of all WASP yuppies went and spent an afternoon and played basketball, pool, board games and helped the kids with their homework. I was helping a boy do his subtraction homework (didn’t really need my help), and he opened a bag of Cheetos and shared them with the other kids at his table. His sister, who was just one grade ahead of him, wasn’t as nice. But this little boy was very sweet to share his afternoon snack.
Go to the AJC and read the headlines. Today there are many articles about the cheating scandal with the public schools. Atlanta ranks 3rd in the country as having the most roaches. Traffic and infrastructure problems plague the city.
While the City of Atlanta hosts several high profile sporting events at the Georgia Dome-Final Fours, Superbowls, SEC Championship Games, Wrestlemania, bowl games, etc., the city leadership thinks it is wise to invest money into a new facility, when the current one is very adequate.
Now, I know the City’s commitment is relatively small. But it is just bad PR and comes across as insensitive.
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes positive change in peoples’ lives and builds and enhances the communities in which they live. We seek innovative solutions that enable young people, families and communities to achieve results beyond what seems possible today.
With all the problems facing Atlanta, how can a $1 billion stadium help improve the community and lives? I wish that Mr. Blank spent some time driving around the city so he would see that Atlanta has more problems than an old Georgia Dome. And while a new Dome would might create an economic boom, I think a better way to help in economic development would be to help the children like the ones I met at the Boys and Girls club get out of the chains of poverty