It’s the holiday season, and there’s nothing more special than giving back to your community. That’s what Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan recently did, as he joined the DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation in surprising some young kids from the Atlanta Youth Tennis & Education Foundation (AYTEF) in the inner city of Atlanta with much needed athletic gear.
Due to the times we find ourselves currently in, Ryan appeared virtually via livestream video to surprise the kids as they received gifts from the Sports Matter Giving Truck when it pulled up to their homes.
Between November 27 and December 21, the Giving Truck has traveled to eight cities across the U.S. – New York City, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, New Orleans and finally, Atlanta – providing children from sports organizations in under-resourced communities the gear they need to stay in the game.
“At DICK’S, we believe deeply in the power of sports, and we are excited to deploy the Giving Truck to bring holiday magic to young athletes,” said Lauren Hobart, President of DICK’S Sporting Goods and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation. “The Giving Truck symbolizes the importance of sports for all kids and all communities, and raises awareness of our long-standing mission to inspire and enable sports participation, while also delivering some much-needed holiday cheer.”