A new story told about black males in Atlanta

L.E.A.D. is telling a new story about black males within Atlanta Public Schools

Our L.E.A.D. Ambassadors dream about becoming a U.S. Senator. They dream about becoming business owners, husbands, fathers and philanthropists.

L.E.A.D. Weekend 2014 has come to an end and it was nothing short of well deserved celebrity status for our Ambassadors. Here’s a snapshot of this past weekend’s events. 

Friday, November 14

Over 300 elementary and middle school males and females from Atlanta Public Schools received a world class baseball experience from the L.E.A.D. Ambassadors, coaches from the University of Georgia, Kennesaw State University, Georgia Tech and Georgia Highlands. As a student at Grove Park Elementary School, I dreamed of playing college and professional baseball, and that dream came true for me as a student-athlete at Georgia State University and as a professional player with the Chicago Cubs. It’s a great feeling to know that lots of students may now have that 
same dream.

Kennesaw State University Athletic Director Vaughn Williams and KSU Assistant Coach Derek Simmons
After serving fellow students at Turner Field, it was time to make their Ambassador status official. 

You officially become a L.E.A.D. Ambassador when you receive your custom L.E.A.D. blazer from Miller Brothers. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was educated at Booker T. Washington High School and our Ambassadors put on their blazers for the first time at his alma mater.d

L.E.A.D. Ambassadors with Atlanta Public School Deputy Superintendent David Jernigan
Saturday, November 15

Dinner With Champions is L.E.A.D.’s opportunity to celebrate the individuals and companies that support L.E.A.D. Sam Crenshaw is a respected sports reporter and anchor for 11Alive News and served as our emcee. Hats off to David Dickey (680 The Fan) who received our Corporate Stewardship Award as well as our Community Partner Award Recipients Brian Jordan (Atlanta Braves/Atlanta Falcons) and Coe Bockmier (VP Rental Enterprise Holdings). Award winning national sports broadcaster John Kincade (680 The Fan, ESPN Radio) inspired us all as the keynote speaker. Sam and John also led an insightful and entertaining Q&A with the Ambassadors. The answers we need to help our youth are inside of them – we just have to ask. 

John Kincade
Sunday, November 16

My dreams of living a life of significance as a child were nurtured at Elizabeth Baptist Church. Today, the L.E.A.D. Ambassadors were recognized for their commitment of excellence to the city of Atlanta by Dr. Craig L. Oliver Sr.

L.E.A.D. Ambassadors with Dr. Craig L. Oliver at Elizabeth Baptist Church

I guarantee that you will look on the news tonight and see young black males involved with crime. You should also know that L.E.A.D. Ambassadors are being empowered to lead and transform this City – their City – our City. There is indeed a new story being told about black males in Atlanta and this one doesn’t end at Wright Street. Will you help us tell this story? Visit www.lead2legacy.org to learn how you can help. 

Ambassadors signing autographs for students