Throughout the season, the Atlanta Braves and SunTrust will highlight Atlanta community members for their commitment to giving back and making a difference in the lives of others.
Read more about our Braves Country Community Heroes:
Brent Slade, Director of Fellowship of Christian Athlete's Urban Baseball of Atlanta. FCA Urban Baseball is a safe place for inner city boys and girls to play the game they love, all while recieving coaching and mentorship as they grow from middle to high school. FCA Urban Baseball athletes also travel throughout their communities and abroad to give back to those in need. Coach Slade recently took his team on a mission trip to build houses for an under resourced community in the dominican republic. He stays inspired by his team's passion for community engagement and helping others.
Lila Womack, founder of Lila and Friends. Lila saw children in her community were not graduating high school and began working with principals at local schools to plan educational field trips and activities and help students improve their self-esteem. She is known for her fundraisers, which have allowed her to purchase bikes, school supplies, and sponsor summer camp tuitions for inner city children. Lila took her love for the community international when she led a campaign to collect five thousand dresses for young girls in Haiti. Lila is most passionate about encouraging youth to set and achieve their goals in life.
Sam Rhodes, U.S. army Command Sergeant Major and founder of Warrior Outreach. Sgt. Major Rhodes retired after serving 29 years in the military and dedicating his time to serving other military members in need.
Staffed entirely by volunteers, Warrior Outreach is a nonprofit that supports veterans, service members and their families by assisting in the transition to civilian life after traumatic military experiences. In 2016 alone, Warrior Outreach provided opportunities for more than 14,000 veterans and their families. Rhodes volunteers more than 1,000 hours a year to help soldiers and believes there is always more work to be done.