The Georgia Force announced earlier this year that they would be returning to Gwinnett. And while the team is the second highest ranked in the AFL, there”s something even bigger that fans will notice about the return of this team – an even stronger commitment to helping the community.
Dick Sullivan, president of the Georgia Force, says that while community involvement is not something required in the players” contracts, it remains a huge part of what the team stands for.
The commitment is as much about touching hearts as sweat equity, Sullivan adds. The team has been known in past seasons for hosting book, sports equipment and food drives, as well as working with local youth.
This fall players were out in full force – attending high school football games and encouraging players, as well as attending events and fall festivals.
The team also started a program that will honor local middle schools students with a 3.0 average. Teachers at different schools will be able to nominate students for two, free home game tickets. The teachers will be asked to look for students that have earned a 3.0 grade point average and have shown improvements in their studies or need extra encouragement.
"These guys really care. One of the nice things about the AFL is that the players appreciate everything they get," Sullivan says. "There is a different make up of guys on this team, and they realize what is important."
For example, Chris Greisen, quarterback, has assisted with youth football camps. "I believe being active in the community is our chance of giving back to our fans and the surrounding area," he says. "I think this move [back to the Gwinnett Arena] provides our organization with a great opportunity to do that."
Aside from the community service work, the team is committed to helping Gwinnett grow. Team executives hope the team will appear on national television in the near future. "It would be a great way to showcase the Gwinnett community," Sullivan says.
The Georgia Force is tentatively scheduled to kick-off their 2008 season on March 1. For more information and ticket availability, call 770-965-4344 or visit www.georgiaforce.com