Franchise quarterback Matthew Thomas Ryan has shown incredible support for Atlanta’s Black community over the last 30 days. We’ve talked about his $500,000 personal donation to a GoFundMe fundraiser that’s garnered national attention in recent weeks.
His initiative, known at Advancing the Lives (ATL) of the Black Community, will be part of a radiothon Tuesday on 680 The Fan.
Join me June 30th for my radiothon to Advance the Lives of the Black Community in Atlanta on 680 The Fan & 93.7 FM! Tune in all day, bid on auction items & consider donating what you can. Whether big or small, you'll join me in making a difference. Visit https://t.co/ea9nAMo5oQ pic.twitter.com/XRkFB0YdyC— Matt Ryan (@M_Ryan02) June 24, 2020
Here are all the details. The radiothon will last 12 hours and be hosted by Ryan himself. Various athletes will call in throughout the day to share their personal experiences. You can make online donations and there will be a silent auction component as well.
Ryan felt a strong urge to do something for the Black community following the death of George Floyd. His initiative plans to bring together various stakeholders (athletes, activists, community stakeholders, etc.) with an eye towards bringing about substantive change.
To date, Ryan’s GoFundMe has raised $1.28 million, featuring donations from various Falcons, Falcons alums, and coaches. One anonymous donor even matched Ryan’s $500,000 contribution. Ultimately the goal is to raise $2 million, and they still have a ways to go.