May, 11 2015
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Atlanta Falcons and College Football Hall of Fame Announce Partnership
Commitment of $2 million made to support downtown attraction
Atlanta (May 11, 2015) — During the Atlanta Falcons’ Draft Celebration last week at the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience, team owner Arthur Blank announced a $2 million commitment to the attraction on behalf of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.
The funds will go toward the continued development of the new Hall of Fame, as well as to charitable and civic initiatives.
"This tremendous facility recaptures great moments in college football and pays tribute to its players, coaches and fans like no other place in the world," Blank said.
"It's a place that residents, visitors and fans of all ages and school allegiances want to visit. As someone who loves the game, loves the competition and loves the teamwork, camaraderie and other life skills football instills in everyone it touches, it’s a place I'm proud to support."
Fans visiting the College Football Hall of Fame will see prominent signage recognizing the partnership in the Quad area of the attraction.
"We're incredibly honored and grateful for the support and unmatched generosity of Arthur, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, and the Atlanta Falcons," College Football Hall of Fame President and CEO John Stephenson said. "We look forward to working together to continue to share the passion and excitement associated with this great sport."
"Arthur Blank understands all that is good about our great sport of football and we are so grateful for his partnership," said National Football Foundation President & CEO Steve Hatchell.
For a video of the announcement, or to get more information on the College Football Hall of Fame, please visit www.cfbhall.com.
About Atlanta Hall Management & The College Football Hall of Fame
The new College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience is a 94,256-square-foot attraction located in the heart of Atlanta's sports, entertainment and tourism district. Adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park, the Hall provides visitors with a highly immersive, interactive and engaging experience using a blend of historic college football artifacts and state-of-the-art, interactive multimedia exhibits. The National Football Foundation (NFF) launched the Hall in 1951 to stand as one of the nation's premier sports shrines, immortalizing the game’s greatest players and coaches as positive role models for future generations. Atlanta Hall Management, Inc., partnered with the NFF to construct and operate the new Hall of Fame attraction, which also provides a platform for community outreach, education and character development initiatives, as well as serves as one of Atlanta’s premier special event spaces. For more information, please visit www.cfbhall.com.
About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Formed in 1995, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes innovative solutions to transform the lives of youth and their families, seeking results that move communities beyond what seems possible today.
The Foundation invests in early childhood development, education, green space and the arts, and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons, PGA TOUR Superstore, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch and MLS Atlanta.
Over the past decade, the Foundation has invested nearly $10 million into efforts to improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods on the west side of Atlanta. To further its work in additional areas of need, the Foundation has created the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, a $15 million long-term commitment to invest in catalytic projects that will ignite positive change and transform both people and place in Atlanta’s Westside communities.
Mr. Blank, chairman of the Foundation, co-founded The Home Depot, the world's largest home improvement retailer, in 1978 and retired from the company as co-chairman in 2001.Through the Foundation and his family's personal giving, Mr. Blank has granted more than $300 million to various charitable organizations.