Obstacles into Opportunity

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Edwin Jackson, also known as “Pound Cake,” is the starting linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts heading into the 2017 season. A native Atlantan, Edwin began playing football in the eighth grade. Originally interested in playing basketball and baseball in the Sandtown and Benhill Park recreation leagues, Edwin had no idea that he’d end up where he is today. He gave football a shot and fell in love with it.

October 2017 Around Town

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Mayor Bill Edwards welcomed Consul General of Japan Takashi (Thomas) Shinozuka to City Hall on August 21 for a discussion about potential economic partnerships in the City of South Fulton.
“There are more than 600 Japanese companies in Georgia,” said Consul General Shinozuka. “Due to the City of South Fulton’s proximity to major interstates as well as Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Charlie Brown Airport, the City of South Fulton is a great place for economic development.”

NBAF Celebrates 20 Years with All-White Gala

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The premier event of the summer social season spotlighted world music and honored trailblazers, luminaries, and emerging stars. Including lively music, great performances, and a silent auction of unique items, supporters and patrons came together to celebrate and to sustain NBAF’s rich cultural legacy in the Atlanta community.

Let’s Hear it for the Home Team!

Let’s Hear it for the Home Team!

Whoever said that ATL is not a sports town needs to come join us in this century and get with the times. In the span of a few weeks, the Hawks published their schedule along with plans for a complete renovation of Philips Arena. I visited the impressive new SunTrust Park, I experienced the electricity that is being a fan at the Atlanta United game, and I was able to bask in the glory of the brand new, state-of-the-art home of our Atlanta Falcons. From the food to the halo board, every detail was planned for the enjoyment of you and your family. Do yourself a favor as an Atlantan and go treat yourself to a game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium—a venue that is worthy of our Falcons.

Making the Transition

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To achieve success, there must first be a vision. Also essential is the belief that, against all odds, success is possible. When Keith Strickland, founder and CEO of Making The Transition Inc., was a child, not only did he lack vision, he had no hope, no expectation, and no one to show him a better way. At the very young age of 13, he began selling drugs, got arrested, was expelled from school and became a career drug dealer for over 10 years.

Donald Young 

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Donald Young may have been born in Chicago, but Atlanta can now claim this professional tennis player as its own. Young began playing tennis at age 3, so it’s no wonder Donald has achieved significant success: Both his parents taught tennis professionally and even owned South Fulton Tennis Center for a time.

The Coach, the Mentor, the Man

The Coach, the Mentor, the Man

The odds were stacked against him because of his environment. Growing up in Dixie Hills off Simpson Road in the late 70s with five other siblings made life even harder. Nevertheless, Coach Darron L. Rogers Sr. beat the odds one day at a time.

Lessons from the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett

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One of my most profound learning experiences occurred on a day trip to Omaha, Nebraska, to meet Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha. I really didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised after spending a little time with the third richest man in the world ($75.2 billion in assets), who has donated more than $37 billion to numerous charities. I first noticed the ease with which he connected with everyone and anyone in the room; second, his sense of practicality was greater than probably anyone I’ve ever known; and third, I witnessed his legendary dedication to routine and consistency is true.

Nutrition & Wellness Tips for Young Athletes

Nutrition & Wellness Tips for Young Athletes

With the transition from summer to fall comes an upswing of sports in our neighborhood. This means both parents and kids are juggling many tasks and activities, which usually equates to frequent fast food stops. Most of us know that our children need to consume a healthy, well-balanced diet, and the need for nutrition is even more prevalent for our young athletes. Their bodies are more active and they are often faced with practicing in varying weather extremes, if they’re involved in outdoor sports. If you’re looking for a few suggestions to help keep your young athlete healthy and performing at their best, check out the following tips.

CELEBRITIES HIT THE 
LINKS AT EAST LAKE FOR 
A WORTHY CAUSE

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LINKS AT EAST LAKE FOR 
A WORTHY CAUSE 5

This summer, celebrities headed to South Fulton’s East Lake Golf Club to support the Warrick Dunn Charities’ 7th Annual Atlanta Celebrity Golf Classic. This tournament is the exclusive signature fundraiser of Warrick Dunn Charities and a premiere social event to kick off the summer.

Five Reasons To Feel Good About 
The Falcons

Five Reasons To Feel Good About 
The Falcons

From Buckhead to Carrollton and everywhere in between, even the slight mention of the number 25 is met with a cringe. The city of Atlanta and surrounding areas still hurts from losing a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots. In today’s social media climate, historic moments are relived daily and sometimes hourly.

Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park Hits a Home Run with our Stomachs!

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Having a ticket stub to prove you attended the first full season at the all-new Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park certainly provides invaluable sports memorabilia, but leaving with a content stomach could be just as unforgettable. To complement the experience of witnessing home runs, singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in the seventh inning, hoping to catch a fly ball, and overall gawking at the Park’s 1,114,400-square-foot splendor, global food service provider Delaware North Sportservice has made a valiant effort to embrace Atlanta’s dining scene with a plethora of Southern-inspired items to choose from.

The Rustic Club by Titus Allen Makes Your Patio or Tailgate Cool

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The smell of fresh wood, the sight of your favorite team’s logo, and the satisfaction of an ice-cold drink. These are the sensations inspired by having your very own custom cooler. The Rustic Club furniture company specializes in making custom cedar coolers right here in metro Atlanta. The story of how this local business got started goes back to the early 90s, when Titus Allen was a student at Morehouse College looking for a part-time job. Fortunately, he instead decided to begin a lifelong fascination with woodworking.