Matt Ryan letting “much more knowledgeable” people direct his $500,000 donation

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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan pledged $500,000 to Atlanta’s black community before he knew exactly where that money would go.

Ryan said on The Daily Show that he decided to make the donation first, then began conversations with leaders in Atlanta’s black community about the specific programs that the money would fund.

“No. 1, I knew I wanted to do something, but No. 2, I knew that I didn’t know how to do it, or how to help,” Ryan said. “Typically, what I’ve found throughout my life is when it’s an area that I don’t know the most about, I think it’s important to find people that do, and find people you trust, and have them guide you. That’s what I’m in the process of doing. I’ve had great conversations with about eight different people in the Atlanta community who are heavily involved at the grassroots level in terms of community organizers and people who do this every day, who have been trying to make a change for a long time and are much more knowledgeable about the hurdles that we have to jump but also the things that we can do that are really going to make an impact immediately, and then long-term too.”

Ryan also reiterated his belief that Colin Kaepernick belongs in the NFL and should be signed.

8 responses to “Matt Ryan letting “much more knowledgeable” people direct his $500,000 donation

  1. and like that, may Ryan did more for black communities than any black mayor, police chief, or president ever did.
    this is one good thing about the NFL… players are vested in their communities.

  2. Good for Matt for giving and smart to stay out of inevitable criticism. Hopefully the money will go to positive benefit,.

    Atlanta’s has had an African American mayor since 1973. African Americans have been the majority demographic In Atlanta for over fifty years. So failing public schools and issues with police staffing, rules and training falls on the failure of local government officials and Atlanta’s community leaders.

    Voters elect people who do not support charter schools and school vouchers are not getting what they hoped for their children, but to keep doing so you get what you voted for. Same is true for police behavior and a community’s productive involvement with residents, local police and government. Let’s hope the pattern changes.

    Hopefully Atlanta has found and will find More leaders that produce constant positive change for their city and not worry about reelection and those that fund campaign

  3. It takes an educated person to say you don’t know what you don’t know.
    Well done.

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