Falcons Off the Field: Jonathan Babineaux

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In honor of defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux's birthday today, let's take a look at how Babs represents the Falcons on and off the field.

Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux has spent his entire career with the Atlanta Falcons. Drafted by the team as a second round choice in 2005, Babs has been a force in the front four for the Falcons, locking up 22.5 sacks, three interceptions and eight forced fumbles in that span.

Babs is doing a lot of good off the field, also. As the Falcons' representative with United Way's Team NFL, Babineaux has recruited 1,913 volunteers to mentor, tutor and read to students in an effort to help them succeed in school. Babs has a real heart for children, devoting a significant amount of his off-the-field time toward preventing truancy, working with special needs children, and even volunteering his time to serve school lunches in the Atlanta Public Schools to support healthful school lunch choices.

On team days off, you can find Babineaux recruiting more United Way volunteers for Team Babineaux, or making friends with a miniature horse and bowling with special needs children as a volunteer teacher's assistant at a therapeutic program for people with moderate to severe developmental disabilities. Babs has a long list of non-profit efforts he supports, and you'll almost always find him giving of his time and talents to help others.

Currently, Babineaux is working to help a group home in Decatur, Georgia that is a haven for 32 children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect. Turning Point Home needs laptop computers for the children to be able to do their schoolwork. The laptops should work, and have Microsoft Word, Excel, internet capability and a charger. If you have a working laptop that you would like to donate, you can take it directly to Turning Point, located at 3392 Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur, Georgia.

You can keep up with all of the good Jonathan Babineaux does in the community, join the United Way's Team Babineaux, and wish Babs a happy birthday on his Facebook page.

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