From The Editor – September 2016
There’s no doubt about it: Atlanta is a sports city. And with three professional teams at home here (four, when the Atlanta United FC arrive next year), there’s nearly year-round action for all of us fans to enjoy.
But for all of the fancy footwork, fast hands and sheer strength that make Atlanta’s sports pros heroes on the field (or the baseball diamond or the basketball court), many of them are heroes in an entirely different way when the scoreboards shut down, the lights are turned off and the crowds go home. So with summer coming to a close and several exciting months of sports about to get under way, in this issue of 17th South we’re turning the spotlight on a few Atlanta pros not for the stats they’re logging in the record books, but for the contributions they’re making in our communities.
For our cover story (page 33), writer Lauren Finney chatted with Hawks guard Kyle Korver about his eponymous foundation, which, with help from his brother, Klayton, has become a family affair. (If you’re out and about in the city and come across what looks like a fun field day competition in progress, chances are it’s one of Korver’s notoriously playful fundraising events.) And H.M. Cauley talked with beloved Braves alum Tom Glavine and his wife, Christine, about the fight against childhood cancer, a cause they’ve championed for years. Finally, there wouldn’t even be major sporting events for us all to enjoy if it weren’t for those who work behind the scenes. So, Cauley also caught up with Todd France, the über agent, head of CAA Sports’s football division and an organizer of the New Era All Star Football Camp. Regardless of which teams you pledge your allegiance to, you’ll be cheering for these folks from the sidelines.
Sports aside, you won’t want to miss the exciting stuff we’ve packed in to the rest of this issue’s pages, from the latest food news to some Instagram worthy escapes. And speaking of Instagram, we want to see what you’re snapping out there in Atlanta! Check out “Captured” on page 44, and send us your own photos from around town, which we might just share in a future issue of 17th South. Enjoy!
Lindsay Lambert Day