Breaking Barriers, a conversation with trailblazing athletes

By King Williams Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights convened a special panel on Jan. 23 to discuss the role of activism in sports and among athletes, particularly those affecting women and the LGBTQ community. The title of the panel was: “Breaking Barriers: Sports for Change.” It was part of a rotating exhibition that […]

MARTA stations can become true community centers

By King Williams Recently it was announced that MARTA, in partnership with Soccer in the Streets would be expanding its popular soccer program to 10 additional MARTA transit stations. Soccer in the Streets with support from Atlanta United Football Club, hopes to expand the program into a city-wide youth soccer league for kids in the […]

The sum of its parts

It is natural for any city to brag a little about itself … but in Atlanta, boosterism is a way of life. That, however, does not change the fact that there are many things about Atlanta that are worth bragging about. I guess we were just in a little bit of a reflective mood this […]

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Commentary: Hank Aaron statue dispute getting 'absurd'

Original Story on WABE by Maria Saporta

Update: The Braves back down and say the Hank Aaron statue will stay in Atlanta. Read Maria’s report HERE


Absurd. That’s how I’d describe the custody battle over the statue of Hank Aaron hitting his 715th home run.

Hank Aaron means so much to Atlanta and the Braves. The dispute over the location of the statue has become as emotional as the baseball team’s decision to leave its 50-year-old Atlanta home for a new stadium in Cobb County. Read more

Arthur Blank reflects on cancer: 'Live life to its fullest'

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on February 12, 2016

Arthur Blank is approaching cancer the same way he has approached his business, sports and philanthropic career — methodically, strategically and heart-felt.

Blank is the high-profile owner of the Atlanta Falcons, a team he bought after leaving The Home Depot Inc., which he co-founded with Bernie Marcus and others.

In a deeply personal Feb. 9 interview given exclusively to Atlanta Business Chronicle, Blank spoke about being diagnosed with cancer and its prognosis; advice he would give other men; and how it has helped him adjust his priorities.

Column: College Football Hall of Fame CEO search takes unexpected turn

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on February 5, 2016

John Christie, interim CEO of the College Football Hall of Fame who was considered to have the inside track to the permanent job, has taken his name out of the running.

Christie has been the longest-serving executive at the Hall, starting with the project five-and-a-half years ago. He was the Hall’s chief operating officer when John Stephenson Jr. was the CEO. When Stephenson joined Chick-fil-A, Christie was a natural candidate for the top job.

But then Christie had an epiphany in mid-December, and he realized that he didn’t have as much passion running the hall day-to-day as he did during the challenging five years it took to develop and open the Hall.

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Keisha Lance Bottoms: Hank Aaron Statue to stay in Atlanta

The iconic Hank Aaron Statue of the homerun legend’s hitting No. 715 to break Babe Ruth’s record will stay in the City of Atlanta, according to Keisha Lance Bottoms, executive director of the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority.

The statue will remain at Turner Field, and it will not be moved to Cobb County to become part of the Atlanta Braves’ new stadium.