Atlanta Braves to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Food Distribution Event

Atlanta Braves to Honor the Legacy and Impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Food Distribution Event and Service Project at Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron New Beginnings Academy

Team also awards $25,000 grant to the MLK, Jr. Center to support their ReThink Podcast

FILE – In this 1960 file photo, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks in Atlanta. The estate of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has reached an agreement with HarperCollins Publishers for rights to his archive. HarperCollins released King’s first book more than 60 years ago. The King Estate had been publishing books since 2009 with the Beacon Press. (AP Photo, File)

ATLANTA (January 12, 2021) – The Atlanta Braves will honor the legacy and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, January 14, and Monday, January 17 through service and remembrance.

“MLK Day is a day to reflect on Dr. King’s teachings and act on them by supporting our neighbors and communities in need,” said Danielle Bedasse, Senior Director of Community Affairs & Executive Director of the Atlanta Braves Foundation. “We are proud to honor his life work by investing in the mission of the King Center, by volunteering at our APS school partner to address projects that need attention, and by supporting our staff, partners and fans to serve our communities throughout Braves Country.”

As a part of their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance, the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Braves Foundation will distribute fresh produce and Chick-fil-A meals on Friday, January 14 to families in need at the Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron New Beginnings Academy and the surrounding Hammond Park community. The Braves, along with their partners, Truist and The Home Depot, will also support the school with a day of service on Monday, January 17 to update the teachers’ lounge, revitalize the school’s garden, and participate in a neighborhood clean-up project. In addition, Atlanta Braves gameday employees will volunteer at the Atlanta Community Food Bank on Wednesday, January 19.

The Braves also awarded a $25,000 grant to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center to support the upcoming season of their ReThink Podcast. The King Center’s mission is to empower people to create a just, humane, equitable and peaceful world by applying Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy and methodology.  The ReThink Podcast addresses critical issues that affect Millennials and Generation-Z daily and reflects upon these realities through Dr. King’s principles. The grant will help expand the podcast’s reach and support the King Center’s mission of peaceful social change. This is the second grant that the Braves have given to the King Center. In 2021, the Braves provided a $25,000 grant to fund the King Center’s Camp Now Leadership Academy to prepare young people between the ages of 13 and 18 to become global leaders and change agents.

For more information about the Atlanta Braves Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.braves.com/give.

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