This past Tuesday on National Voter Registration Day, Arthur M. Blank Sports and Entertainment celebrated its annual Democracy Fest and brought together the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United, Atlanta Dream, Atlanta Hawks, and theAtlanta Braves to unite with Atlanta Public Schools, UPS, Chick-Fil-A, and The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. The celebratory festival was held at The Home Depot Backyard at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. Democracy Fest brought over 3,000 11th and 12th grade Atlanta Public School (APS) students to celebrate civic education, community engagement, and youth empowerment. The day was filled with activations from Atlanta’s sports teams, appearances from local and national celebrities, live games, and more. Together, some of Atlanta’s biggest corporations and most beloved hometown teams delivered a high-energy and high-impact day to move our city, state, and country forward in the spirit of Democracy!
High schoolers arrived at the event through a tunnel, mimicking the excitement of the gameday experience, they were welcomed by the host for the day, Jovan Paige, Founder, and CEO of Stay Jotivated. Jovan introduced the Florida Agricultural & State University (FAMU) Alumni Band and local bands from APS high schools. He was joined by famous actor, Terrence J, Atlanta-based comedian, Desi Banks, and award-winning rapper, Quavo, who closed out the event with a performance of his hit singles.
“I am so proud of y’all [Atlanta Public School students] for being down with democracy,” said Quavo. “Democracy is dope…you know we gotta just walk it like we talk it. Y’all vote and change the world. Let’s get it.”
There was also virtual celebrity appearances from DJ Khaled, Monica, D.C. Young Flyy & The Cast of Wild N’ Out, and Selena Gomez, with messages that amplified the importance of civic engagement, education, and celebrating democracy.
Activities were spread across the entire Backyard footprint, including an Atlanta Falcons “Throw Like A Pro” challenge to test their throwing aim, an Atlanta United-branded soccer simulator, and an Atlanta Dream-inspired sport court where students were able to “ball out” while testing their democracy knowledge. Students also took flight as Democracy Champions in the Democracy Fest Fun Zone that featured a zipline, rock climbing wall, trampoline bungee jump and a tackle obstacle course.
Help bring awareness to democracy, civic education, and your support of Democracy Fest 2022! Hashtag: #DemocracyFestATL Find out more information go to www.Democracyfestatl.com .