Mays H.S. Football Athletes To Play In U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Benjamin E. Mays High School Varsity Football teammates Natrez Patrick (left) and Dallas Warmack (right) were selected to play in the nationally televised 2015 All-American Army Bowl scheduled January 3 in San Antonio, TX. Both are seniors and scholar athletes at Mays High. Patrick has committed to play for the University of Georgia and Warmack has committed to play for the University of Alabama.

PHOTO CREDIT: SCOTT CLARK KING, APS

ATLANTA—Benjamin E. Mays High School Varsity Football teammates Natrez Patrick (defensive lineman) and Dallas Warmack (offensive lineman) and have been selected to play in the nationally televised 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl January 3 in San Antonio, TX. The student athletes were named to the team during the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour held this morning at Mays, where both were presented with an Army Bowl game jersey.

Both seniors and scholar athletes at Mays, Patrick has committed to play for the University of Georgia and Warmack has committed to play for the University of Alabama. The teammates are graduating in December and will be enrolled in their respective universities in January.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the nation’s premier high school All-American football game, featuring the best 90 players in a classic East vs. West match-up every January in San Antonio’s Alamodome. The 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl will begin at 1:00 pm ET/12:00 CT on NBC. Last year’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl marked the 14th anniversary of the Bowl and drew a crowd of 40,000-plus fans for the second consecutive year.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee is comprised of All American Games, 247 Sports, XOS Digital and its regional coaching network. Every high school football senior is eligible for selection. The selection process kicks off at the U.S. Army National Combine and proceeds across the country during various combines, camps, and clinics. From millions of high school football players, the selection committee evaluates thousands of the nation’s top prospects on an annual basis. Following the evaluation period, the committee officially nominates the nation’s top 400 seniors to be considered for selection to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. From the nominees, players are selected and invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The committee reserves the right to select players who were not nominated in the spring, if they are having an outstanding senior season. U.S. Army All-Americans nominees must be in good standing with their schools and communities in order to be considered for selection.

The history and tradition of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl is highlighted by Heisman Trophy winners and more than 200 NFL players counted among its alumni. Throughout its 14 years, the game has featured the nation’s most elite football players including Andrew Luck, Jamaal Charles, Percy Harvin, Eric Berry, Patrick Peterson, LeSean McCoy, and Sammy Watkins.

Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 50,000 students across 106 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 87 schools, 17 charter schools and two citywide single-gender academies, where students are offered rigorous instructional programs that foster success in school and life. For more information, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us.


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BGCA Receives Grant To Make-Over Club’s Central Social Hub

From Left to Right: Tita Stewart, Amerigroup; Kimberly Funderburk, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia; Captain Amerigroup; Terri Mitchell, Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club.

PHOTO COURTESY OF BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF ATLANTA

ATLANTA—Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta’s Jesse Draper Club in College Park unveiled a brand new gamesroom on Friday, September 12, 2014, thanks to a $16,500 Triple Play grant. The grant provided much-need updates in equipment and supplies for the Club’s gamesroom which is the central hub for kids to learn about team work, getting along with others and leadership.

The ribbon cutting for opening of the new room, made possible locally through the support of the Amerigroup Foundation includes areas where kids can play educational games, fun physical activities and spaces where kids can create and form friendships.

Triple Play is Boys & Girls Clubs signature health and wellness program focused on the mind, body and soul to teach kids about living a healthy lifestyle. Since 2005, Triple Play has made connections with more than 9.2 million kids around the country.

"Amerigroup is committed to strengthening and improving the health of Georgia communities, so providing a space where kids can build healthy habits and have fun is really important to us," said Fran Gary, Amerigroup Georgia president. "We are proud to support the Boys & Girls Club in creating a healthy environment for kids to learn and grow in a positive place."

“Creating areas for Club kids to interact in a positive way, all while focusing on the building blocks of a healthy lifestyle is really important for youth today,” said Laureen Lamb, Vice President of Strategic Programs & Outcomes, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. “Triple Play incorporates three aspects of health including physical fitness, nutrition and fostering healthy relationships with peers through social recreation. Through the grant, Clubs kids are now able to enjoy new equipment, and new technology that will help foster teamwork, new friendships, social intelligence and so much more.”

The Triple Play program motivates kids to be healthy by providing nutrition and health education, more access to healthy foods, and encouraging avoidance of risky behaviors and a lifelong commitment to fitness. With the addition of the Club’s newest activity room, kids will have the opportunity to celebrate active, healthy living and continue building strong relationships with their peers and Club mentors.

Triple Play: A healthy lifestyles Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul, was launched in 2005 by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services and with support from The Coca-Cola Company. The goal of Triple Play is to encourage kids to eat healthier, become more physically active and increase their ability to engage in healthy relationships. A two-year study of more than 2,000 children ages 9-14 showed that Triple Play succeeded in getting them to exercise more, eat healthier foods and feel better about themselves. The study found that Triple Play kids increased to 90 percent of the federally recommended amount of daily exercise, which is 60 minutes a day for children, while their peers outside the program decreased to 78 percent. Triple Play includes five program components, each of which serves between 20,000 and 500,000 youth annually. Since its inception in 2005, Triple Play has made more than 9.2 million connections with kids across the country. In 2011, the WellPoint Foundation joined BGCA and Coca-Cola as a Triple Play sponsor. Learn more about the program at www.bgca.org/tripleplay.


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Atlanta Bike Challenge Seeks To Get More Metro Atlanta Commuters Cycling

Atlanta, GA—In an effort to further promote cycling as a fun and sustainable transportation alternative, Georgia Commute Options and the Atlanta Regional Commission are partnering with international firm, Love to Ride, with support from People for Bikes, to present the Atlanta Bike Challenge from September 28 to October 19.

Designed to appeal to beginner and veteran cyclists alike, the Atlanta Bike Challenge is a free competition designed to encourage Metro Atlantans to try cycling for ten minutes or more. Atlanta businesses and organizations will compete against each other to see who can get the most staff to ride a bike during the Challenge period. Rather than scoring based on who can cycle the most miles, this Challenge focuses on which businesses can encourage the most people to give bicycling a try.

By registering at www.ATLBikeChallenge.com, participants will be able to log their bicycle commute trips, track their individual and team progress, find classes/events, and compete for prizes through the website or by downloading the “Love to Ride” mobile app.

Cycling—lauded for its positive effects on health, wellness, and air quality—is growing in popularity in Metro Atlanta. Between 2000 and 2012, bike commute trips in the region saw a 166 percent increase.

Throughout the Atlanta Bike Challenge, prizes will be awarded including a $500 credit toward a new bike, passes to local restaurants, movie ticket vouchers, bike swag and more. Participants are also encouraged to post photos using #ATLBikeSelfie to social media accounts and can follow the Challenge online via Georgia Commute Options’ social media pages:

Facebook.com/GeorgiaCommuteOptions

Twitter: @GaCommute

Instagram: @GaCommute

Georgia Commute Options, a program funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation, helps commuters, employers and property managers take advantage of alternatives to driving alone to and from work. Georgia Commute Options reports that every day in metro Atlanta, the use of commute alternatives, such as teleworking, results in 1.1 million vehicle miles not traveled and 550 tons of pollution kept out of the air. For more information, visit www.georgiacommuteoptions.com