As Atlanta prepared to host Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) joined in on the fun with festivities around the District!
Although Super Bowl LIII has come and gone, the big game left a lasting impact on students at Humphries Elementary School. On Feb. 1, Humphries received a $100,000 donation from the NFL Legends Community, an organization comprised of 32 celebrities and former NFL players. The donation will be used to fund field trips, extracurricular activities, and update technology for students. Principal Melanie Mitchell said she was “blown away” by the donation, noting that she can’t wait for students to receive digital tablets and other necessary items.
In the meantime, Atlanta resident and former NFL player Takeo Spikes said it was a joy to help meet some of the school’s greatest needs.
“It’s a brotherhood. It’s a group of former NFL players, hall-of-famers, all pros, and all the guys who played,” Atlanta resident and former NFL player Takeo Spikes told Fox 5 News. “It’s a way for all of us to come together to not only stay intact, but to be able to use our leverage inside of every community.”
On Friday, Feb. 1, the M. Agnes Jones Elementary School Rams welcomed former athletes and rising musicians for a motivational Super Bowl pep rally. The event was hosted by Hot 107.9 and featured Olympic gold medalist/world record holder in the 400 meter hurdles Kevin Young, lawyer/public speaker Nicole Nash, former NFL player/rapper JMO, and recording artists Egypt, Sixx, FlauJae and YQ Dreams.
Each guest provided words of encouragement to 5-10-year-old students, FlauJae performed “Guns Down,” a song she wrote about losing her father to gun violence at a young age; and Dreams performed “Dreams,” an inspirational track about the relentless pursuit of success.
“You bring a child up the way you want them to be in life. Although we say it every day in school, to have the message come from people they look up to is really meaningful,” said Principal Margul Woolfolk.
On Jan. 25, Brown Middle School science teacher and football coach Ernest Davis recently received the biggest surprise of his life: a pair of tickets to Super Bowl LIII! Read more.
From Jan. 26 through Feb. 2, hundreds of students visited the Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the Super Bowl Experience, the NFL’s interactive theme park celebrating Super Bowl LIII.