Atlanta’s professional sports community is calling on fans of all teams to come together to raise money for social justice education by taking part in a virtual race benefiting the National Center for Civil and Human Rights next month. Atlanta Track Club announced the One Team ATL 5K today in partnership with the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Dream, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks, and Atlanta United. The virtual race can be completed from Saturday, July 11 through Sunday, July 12 and registration is open now.
Registration is $30 with proceeds going to the Atlanta-based National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Participants will receive a one-of-a-kind t-shirt featuring the logos of all five Atlanta sports teams as well as a commemorative race bib, motivational and inspirational messages from Atlanta’s sports stars and mascots and a custom playlist that will make participants feel like they just hit a home run, caught a game-winning touchdown pass, hit a buzzer-beater or scored the winning goal. After running a 5K on a course of their choosing, participants can upload their results to Atlanta Track Club’s website to see how they compared to their fellow runners.
“We are honored to be working with such great partners to come together and use our collective voice to put a spotlight on racism and inequality,” said Atlanta Track Club Executive Director Rich Kenah. “Atlanta’s sports fans are the best in the world and even better when we are all on the same team. We are excited to make a difference together here in Running City USA.”
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights has a stated mission of engaging people to reflect on their own perspectives, be inspired to act on their own behalf or for others, and to participate in transforming the future to regarding the advancement and protection of the civil and human rights of all people.
Limited registrations are available for The One Team ATL 5K with registration closing at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 10. Shirts and race bibs will be mailed prior to the event for all participants who register before July 7.
Quotes from participating teams:
“The Atlanta Braves are honored to come together as a unified group with the other Atlanta professional sports teams and we love that fans of each team are uniting as well by participating in the One Team ATL virtual 5K. In this unprecedented time of understanding and change, we are proud to join and unite against injustices here and around the world. Best of luck to all participants and many thanks to the Atlanta Track Club for their continued support of our community.” – Derek Schiller, President and CEO, Atlanta Braves
“The Dream and our fans are humbled to do our part by creating awareness around social justice through the One Team ATL 5K with other professional sports teams in Atlanta. The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta helps us to connect the American Civil Rights movement to the struggles of the Global Human Rights Movement. By participating in this cause, we can raise both money and awareness together.” – Chris Sienko, President and General Manager, Atlanta Dream
“We are proud to join hands with our fellow Atlanta sports organizations to serve our metro Atlanta community during this trying time. Today, more than ever, we need to stand together as a community and speak out against all social injustices across America. Sports has a very loud voice, especially when we all let our voices be heard together to support meaningful change. We wish all One Team ATL virtual 5K participants good luck and we thank the Atlanta Track Club for continuing their partnership and support in our community.” – Steve Cannon, CEO, AMB Sports + Entertainment
“We look forward to teaming up with the Braves, Dream, Falcons, and United as well as Atlanta Track Club to unite the city of Atlanta around this virtual event to take stand for social justice during this time of social distancing. Black Lives Matter and this will be a great opportunity for fans to participate in a healthy activity and raise money for The Center for Civil and Human Rights as they continue programs that support education and meaningful change in our city.” – Melissa Proctor, Chief Marketing Officer, Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Track Club is a nonprofit committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta. Through running and walking, Atlanta Track Club motivates, inspires and engages the community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
With more than 30,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org) – the largest 10K in the world, the Publix Atlanta Marathon, PNC Atlanta 10 Miler and Invesco QQQ Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year. Through the support of its members and volunteers, Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honoring high school cross country and track and field athletes through Atlanta Track Club’s All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program. For more information on Atlanta Track Club, visit atlantatrackclub.org.