Fal­cons, Red Cross kick off with blood drive

At­lanta Fal­cons and Red Cross be­gin part­ner­ship for life

The Covington News - - Sports -

all of the blood they need for pa­tients, say Red Cross of­fi­cials, and there is no blood avail­able from other states this time of year.

Cur­rently, sup­plies of type O and B blood are es­pe­cially low

The At­lanta Fal­cons are throw­ing their sup­port be­hind the Amer­i­can Red Cross and the tremen­dous need for blood do­na­tions this month.

From Satur­day to Au­gust 23, the team is giv­ing all par­tic­i­pants a signed player’s card, a Fal­cons-Red Cross T-shirt and a chance to win a Fal­cons hel­met signed by head coach Bobby Petrino, or two tick­ets to a pre­sea­son home game.

“We’re ex­cited to part­ner with the Amer­i­can Red Cross to help em­pha­size the need for blood do­na­tions dur­ing what is tra­di­tion­ally a slow time of year,” said Ms. Kendyl Moss, At­lanta Fal­cons di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity re­la­tions.

Low num­bers of blood do­na­tions, which are typ­i­cal in the sum­mer, make it im­pos­si­ble to sup­ply lo­cal hos­pi­tals with and donors with those blood types are urged to make a spe­cial ef­fort to do­nate this month. The uni­ver­sal blood type O is used ex­ten­sively in emer­gency rooms since it can be safely given to all pa­tients who need im­me­di­ate trans­fu­sions.

The Red Cross will hold a

se­ries of Fal­cons blood drives in the Athens area on Au­gust 18 and 20.

On Au­gust 20, the blood drive will last from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Athens Donor Cen­ter. On Au­gust 20, it will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Win­der Wes­leyan Church Blood Drive.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 1800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) or visit the Web site at www.red­cross­blood.org. Most healthy peo­ple age 17 or older, who weigh at least 11 pounds, can give blood.

In­for­ma­tion can also be found on www.at­lantafal­cons. com.


Satur­day marks fi­nal day to reg­is­ter for leagues

On­line reg­is­tra­tion for the New­ton County Re­cre­ation fall base­ball and soft­ball leagues is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Satur­day only at the New­ton Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion. (The fi­nal day to reg­is­ter is Satur­day.)

Boys must be at least five years old and no older than 14 as of April 30, 2008. Girls must be at least five years old and no older than 14 as of Jan­uary 1, 2008.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the fall adult soft­ball league ends to­day.

A de­posit per team will be due at the time of reg­is­tra­tion, while the bal­ance of the reg­is­tra­tion fee is due Septem­ber 4. (The fee is based on the num­ber of teams reg­is­ter­ing.)

There is a coaches meet­ing at 7 p.m. on Au­gust 21 at the Stone Road Com­plex.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call (770) 786-4373 or visit the Web site at www.new­ton­recre­ation.com.


Carter to speak at fam­ily con­fer­ence tonight

Dale Carter, who was a stand­out cor­ner­back in the NFL for 13 sea­sons, will be a guest speaker at “The Crit­i­cal Hour” Fam­ily Con­fer­ence at 6 p.m. tonight at the East­side High School Au­di­to­rium.

Led by Se­nior Pas­tor Carl­ton D. Mathis, the con­fer­ence is pri­mar­ily fo­cused on the im­por­tance of sup­port­ing youth and ed­u­ca­tion, and how the com­mu­nity can re­spond to the des­per­ate cry of a wounded gen­er­a­tion.

Carter, a four-time NFL Pro-Bowler, is sched­uled to share his tes­ti­mo­nial dur­ing the ser­vice. Carter is a for­mer New­ton High School prod­uct and grad­u­ated in 1988. He was a Class AAAA first team All­State foot­ball player for the Rams.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing, Carter played at the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee and was named first team All-Amer­ica as a se­nior. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1992 and earned Rookie of the Year hon­ors.

Be­sides the Chiefs, Carter played for the Den­ver Bron­cos, Min­nesota Vik­ings, New Or­leans Saints and the Bal­ti­more Ravens.

“The Crit­i­cal Hour” is a two­day event, which will in­clude tes­ti­mo­nial ser­vices, praise and wor­ship, break-away ses­sions and an award-win­ning stage play, among other things.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Terry Cosby at (404) 288-2825.


Golf Clas­sic to be held Fri­day at the Oaks Course

Cour­tesy Ford presents the 16th An­nual Golf Clas­sic at 1 p.m. (shot­gun start) Fri­day at the Oaks Course.

The tour­na­ment is to ben­e­fit the Project Re­NeWal Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence In­ter­ven­tion Pro­gram, Inc.

Prior to the event, lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. The play­ers from the first place team win a cooler of steaks.

Par­tic­i­pants can reg­is­ter by call­ing (770) 860-9770, as the tour­na­ment typ­i­cally sells out each year.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, visit the Web site at www.gol­foaks.com.

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