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Atlanta United helping those in need during coronavirus pandemic


MLS: Sporting Kansas City at Atlanta United FC Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta United has garnered quite a reputation in its young history as being a class organization from top to bottom. That reputation has only grown past the soccer realm during this worldwide coronavirus outbreak that has brought the sports world to a standstill.

Atlanta United and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has predictably been on the right side of history by shelling out millions of dollars in funds to help those in need during this rough time. The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has put up over $6 million already to help stadium workers, local businesses and recovery relief efforts in the local area.

On Thursday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will participate in a nationwide initiative called the “Light It Blue” campaign. The home of the Falcons and Five Stripes will be one of more than 150 major sports and entertainment venues, national landmarks and historic buildings around the country to light up their lights in blue to show a collective support for the vital men and women working on the frontlines during this pandemic.

Josef Martinez is also getting in on the show of support. On Wednesday, the recovering striker tweeted out a t-shirt fundraising campaign.

The “Wash for ATL” t-shirt proceeds will go to the United Way of Atlanta for the Response and Recovery Fund during the COVID-19 fight.

These are just several different ways the folks around Atlanta United are trying to make a difference, whether it be huge gestures or small. If there are more that deserve the attention, please share them below in the comments.