Let’s Hear it for the Home Team!

Hey Y’all,

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.

And while I’ve got your attention, allow me to take a moment to express how proud I am of my team. When Devonta Freeman graced our cover, I told y’all it was our year. Doubters didn’t believe me and haters did what haters do, but we had an outstanding season and who would have thought that we would end up at the Super Bowl!? And guess what? Our team is young and full of winners and hard workers that are hungry and our coaching staff and front office team are determined. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we end up in the Winner’s Circle again.

I take my Falcons seriously because I know our organization cares about military families and survivors that our soldiers and Marines leave behind. I just wish my Marine was here to see his favorite team soar and to experience the sports town that Atlanta has become!

In this issue, you will literally find something for every sports fan: a spotlight on Westlake basketball’s Coach Darron Rogers, and for tennis enthusiasts, Hometown Hero and South Fulton’s own, Donald Young. If you love football but are not a Falcons fan, we’ve got you covered too with Fairburn’s own Edwin Jackson of the Colts.  And there’s even an article on the food at the Braves’ stadium that anyone—sports fan or not—can enjoy! Cheering on the home team always has a way of bringing people together.

#RiseUp,

Erikka

P.S. My Favorite Thing this month is the Professional Laundry Club. It’s giving me something more precious than money: “me” time. Just call Alex at 678.492.9489 or go to the ProfessionalLaundryClub.com and voila! Your laundry is picked up, washed, folded and dropped off at your front door. They even have special subscription plans for college students. Please tell them I sent you!