Rain, elections don’t defeat Atlanta Falcons outreach to Eagle Ranch. Members of the Atlanta Falcons Rookie Club sponsored by UnitedHealthcare of Georgia challenge the boys of Eagle Ranch to an epic battle ball competition after rain puts a damper on fishing plans. The day was filled with friendly competition, pizza, autograph signing and lots of laughter and smiles.
It may have been one of the Atlanta Falcons’ greatest competitions yet. Plans for a day of fishing turned into an epic battle ball game. While most people focused on dodging the rain and getting to the polls, members of the Atlanta Falcons Rookie Club sponsored by UnitedHealthcare of Georgia turned their attention to the boys of Eagle Ranch, one of Georgia’s largest children’s homes.
“This is the sixth year Falcons athletes have committed their time to the boys of Eagle Ranch. We were concerned about the rain ruining our plans, but the day couldn’t have turned out any better,” said Eddie Staub, founder and executive director of Eagle Ranch. “It was exciting for the boys to compete against the Falcons in a fun game of battle ball, which is like dodge ball, and more importantly they really made a personal connection.”
Fourteen players from the Atlanta Falcons Rookie Club, sponsored by UnitedHealthcare of Georgia, spent time playing battle ball, fishing, eating pizza and talking with the boys.
“We had a great time seeing these kids with the smiles on their faces and their competitive spirit,” said defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi (#96). “I haven’t played dodge ball since I was 8-years-old. It was an amazing way to spend the day.”
Pictures from the event can be seen on Eagle Ranch’s Facebook page. Since 2000, Eagle Ranch has been The Atlanta Falcons’ designated “Courage House” charity through The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation.
“It was a lot of fun playing battle ball with the Falcons,” said Eagle Ranch resident Josh, 11. “I also got my hat signed and ate pizza with the players.”
Rookie Club members attending the event included:
# 4Dominique Davis, Quarterback
#34 Bradie Ewing, Fullback
#47 Josh Harris, Long Snapper
#76 Lamar Holmes, Offensive Tackle
#16 Marcus Jackson, Wide Receiver
#66 Peter Konz, Center
#68 Phillipkeith Manley, Offensive Guard
#96 Jonathan Massaquoi, Defensive End
#26 Charles Mitchell, Safety
#67 Micanor Regis, Defensive Tackle
#92 Travian Robertson, Defensive Tackle
#18 James Rodgers, Wide Receiver
#50 Pat Schiller, Linebacker
#37 Peyton Thompson, Centerback
“When I drove into Eagle Ranch, I thought it was a really great place,” said long snapper Josh Harris (#47). “I couldn’t think of a better way to spend our time. Getting to fish, play some games and eat pizza. It was a perfect day.”
About Eagle Ranch
Eagle Ranch works with children in crisis, focusing on family restoration and reunification. Since its founding in 1985, the Ranch has served more than 1,000 boys and girls, providing Christ-centered home life, counseling and education for the children on a 270-acre campus in southern Hall County. Through its global outreach program – the Wings Initiative – Eagle Ranch also equips others called to develop homes for children in need. For more information, contact Eagle Ranch at 770-967-8500, or visit www.eagleranch.org.