5k Run Walk 4 Youth Announced

Atlanta, GA—Earlier this week one of our National Leaders spoke about the spate of violence committed in Schools. It was reported by the Media that he said violence in a weekly occurrence in schools.

Over a year ago THE DUKES FOUNDATION, a Youth Mentoring Organization in Atlanta, Georgia planned a 5 K RUN WALK 4 YOUTH INITIATIVE to garner support for the expansion of care and guidance for youth through increased youth mentoring. This initiative is aimed at increasing graduation rates and reducing violence in Schools and communities. Despite the efforts support for the program is the lowest with no public attention.

Today, we appeal to Media Editors to support organizations who are engaged in the development and care of our youth by highlighting programs and successes in communities. The 5K RUN WALK 4 YOUTH…RUN 4 SCHOLARS will take place at Stone Mountain Park on Saturday, June 28, 2014 beginning at 8:00 am. Registration is available online at http://5krunwalk.dukesfoundation.org/ .

Editors, “your support is critical in our quest to sensitize the public about this initiative of hope.” We are counting on you today,” remarked Briggette Woodard, Director of Culture.

THE DUKES FOUNDATION (CORPORATION), is an accredited 501 ©(3) Non Profit Service Organization that offers an effective mentoring program on a regular basis through support obtained from Professional, Business and Civic Organizations. Their mentoring program includes; Academic Coaching, Career Development Workshops, Wellness Sessions, Cultural Exposure Tours and Motivational Exercises that have contributed to the transformation of many lives. Bearing the acronym, D.U.K.E.S, Developing Urban Kids with Etiquette and Self-Esteem, DUKES FOUNDATION remain committed to using MENTORING to elevate social conditions and reduce the level of violence committed by teens.

For additional information call 404-419-6452, email dukesfoundation@dukesfoundation.org mailto:dukesfoundation@dukesfoundation.org

FREE registration for the 5K event is available online at http://5krunwalk.dukesfoundation.org/

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All-American Blood Drive At Turner Field

The American Red Cross has two special reasons to celebrate at Turner Field on June 28, 2014. The sixth annual Atlanta Braves All-American Blood Drive will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the 755 Club. And, we’re celebrating 100 years of the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the Red Cross providing service in our community. This event is co-sponsored by 680 The Fan, ROCK 100.5 and WSB-TV. This is the largest, single day Red Cross blood drive in Georgia and Braves blood drives have resulted in 2,227 pints of blood collected. To put that into perspective, 6,681 lives have been touched by the generosity of volunteer donors. “Summer is a challenging time to collect enough blood to meet patient needs,” said Jerry J.K. Tillery, chief executive officer, Alabama & Central Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico and Southern Blood Services Region. “We appreciate the Braves, 680 The Fan, Rock 100.5 and WSB-TV for helping us ensure a stable blood supply.” Participants will receive: • A pair of tickets to the July 5 Braves game against the Arizona Diamondbacks and opportunity to walk the warning track during pre-game festivities • A commemorative t-shirt and Red Cross centennial pin • Buy one, get one free Braves ticket offer • Chance to win four Braves tickets and batting practice field visit or autographed baseball memorabilia *Free parking will be available in the green lot the day of the blood drive. The Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in more than 100 hospitals. Approximately 1,200 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demands. For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code BRAVES. Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Atlanta Track Club Hosts All-Metro High School Track & Field Awards Banquet

ATLANTA—Atlanta Track Club has actively supported High School Cross Country and Track & Field through the All-Metro Awards Banquets, since the organization was established in 1964. This year, over 300 people attended the 50th All-Metro High School Track & Field Awards Banquet at The Westminster School in Buckhead, Atlanta.

The banquet honors Georgia high school athletes who compete consistently throughout the season in track events ranging from 100 meters to 3200 meters and all field events. Those honored as All-Metro athletes were chosen through a strict selection process. The banquet also recognized local All-Metro coaches for their success throughout this year’s Track & Field season.

Other significant achievement awards included inductees to the Georgia High School Track & Field and Cross-Country Hall of Fame. One prominent inductee included Dwight Phillips, who competed for Tucker High School. Phillips was a four-time World Champion in the Long Jump and the 2004 Olympic Champion. (Picture included below.) ??“Organizing the All-Metro High School Banquet is one of our longest standing traditions,” said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s executive director. “By honoring both high school and professional excellence at the same event, we hope to inspire Atlanta’s youth to stay active and compete even beyond their high school years.” ??As Atlanta Track Club celebrates its 50th Anniversary, the organization is also looking forward to motivating runners for many years to come. In an effort to forge ties to the community that will inspire the next generation of runners, select U.S. Olympic and World Championships athletes have been invited to speak and engage with participants and athletes at Atlanta Track Club events throughout the year.

This year’s banquet attendees had the privilege of listening to guest speaker and Olympic Gold Medalist in the shotput, Adam Nelson. A standout letterman in both football and track and field at The Lovett School in Atlanta, Nelson was a graduate of the class of 1993. He went on to compete in three consecutive Olympic Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008. In addition to his gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, Nelson also won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics.

In addition to awards, two $2,500 scholarships were presented by Atlanta Track Club and The Atlanta Track Club Foundation to local Track & Field athletes. The 5th Annual Patty Foell Scholarship Award was presented to outstanding female athlete, Alex Cameron, of Dunwoody High School. The 1st Annual Hawthorne Wesley Scholarship Award was presented to outstanding male athlete, Kenan Farmer, of Walton High School.

Atlanta Track Club is a nonprofit committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta. Through running and walking, Atlanta Track Club motivates, inspires and engages the community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. With more than 19,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org)—the largest 10K running event in the world, the Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K (atlantahalfmarathon.org), Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year. Through the support of its members and volunteers, Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honoring high school cross country and track and field athletes through Atlanta Track Club’s All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program. For more information on Atlanta Track Club, visit atlantatrackclub.org.