Atlanta Falcons: Babineaux working with the youth

Nov. 13, 2011 - Atlanta: ---WINNING KICK --- Dejected Atlanta Falcons Jonathan Babineaux, left, and John Abraham, right, walk of the field after the winning field goal kick by New Orleans Saints John Kasay for a 26-23 Saints victory in overtime at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011.   Curtis Compton

Nov. 13, 2011 - Atlanta: ---WINNING KICK --- Dejected Atlanta Falcons Jonathan Babineaux, left, and John Abraham, right, walk of the field after the winning field goal kick by New Orleans Saints John Kasay for a 26-23 Saints victory in overtime at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011. Curtis Compton

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux is set to represent the team at the United Way Youth Empowerment Summit with TEAM NFL later this month in Washington, D.C.

So far, 18 of 26 TEAM NFL reps and more than 50 high-performing students from challenged schools will attend the event for a couple days of learning, inspiration, ideation and advocacy.

The core groups will participate in full group learning sessions followed by breakout discussion sessions designed to give participants the opportunity to strategize and share ideas for engaging more people in this work.

As part of United Way’s national Day of Action, the core groups will visit three of their representatives on Capitol Hill to call attention to the need for more volunteer readers, tutors and mentors.

Also, all participants will gather on the steps of Capitol Hill for “The Big Tweet.”


In April, Oshay Columbus, a senior at Therrell High School, was selected to receive the Jonathan Babineaux Award for Improved Attendance.

Columbus’ was coming late to school almost every day, missing valuable class time and getting behind in classes. Columbus’ tardiness stemmed from her increased responsibilities at home as she stepped in to help her mother and care for her younger siblings. Her mother had recently been diagnosed with cancer.

With the support of her graduation coach Adrian Malone who discovered why Oshay was always late to school, Oshay’s attendance and grades improved. She is now preparing to go to college.

Communities In School of Atlanta has chosen to name the award in NFL star Jonathan Babineaux’s name for his volunteer work to help end truancy in the Atlanta Public Schools.

Babineaux had implemented a “Stop Truancy” school tour two years ago to raise awareness of the truancy problem in schools and help to improve student attendance.

“I just try to keep my head down and do the best that I can as far as educating the youth in many ways and empowering them and making sure they stay on the right path,” Babineaux said after OTAs on Wednesday. “Even if I just change one of them, I’m doing something positive for the community. I want to continue to be a positive mentor in the community and make sure the youth of our community is going about life in a positive way.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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18 comments Add your comment

Chub Rock

June 7th, 2012
4:09 pm


June 7th, 2012
4:18 pm

Fifth amendment.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 7th, 2012
4:54 pm

Second amendment.

Falcon Jim's stalker should be BANNED

June 7th, 2012
4:57 pm

Yeah, shoot him ! ha ha ha

yo mama

June 7th, 2012
5:03 pm

hey SeenThisB4, how is coach payton, and mickey doing? hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha 7-9 this year at best. now, we just waiting on that Super Bowl to stripped from y’all.

the bounty is the best thing that ever happened the city of new orleans. they cheating, pathetic ways, to win the hearts of a city, only to stomp their hearts out with cheating, and bountygate.

folks in atlanta know the saints cheated, dealt drugs in the training room, took collections to injure others. you and the city are classless bunch.

Judge Smails

June 7th, 2012
6:38 pm

@ yo mamma – Don’t waste your time. That is not the REAL SeenThisB4. The real one is hiding under a rock somewhere. This is one of his awesome followers.


June 7th, 2012
7:39 pm

Lone Wolf is fine, he’s at home, devising new offensive plays for the fall that he’ll leave at the designated drop point. I’m not jo king!

Mickey Loomis is fine too, he’s busy negotiating the finer points of the biggest NFL contract in league history, plus assessing all the possibilities for the Hornets’ draft board. What’s your GM doing?

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Delbert D.

June 7th, 2012
9:12 pm

Jonathan Babineaux as a mentor. I would never have imagined that given his incident with the dog.

Chub Rock

June 7th, 2012
10:43 pm

Lets not forget about the bags(plural) of Cannabis sativa, no car tags, no Driver’s license etc.


June 8th, 2012
12:45 am

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June 8th, 2012
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Larry G.

June 8th, 2012
3:53 pm

You all seem to overlook that we all make mistakes. It is good to forgive and move on. Mr. Babineaux will be the Leader of this 2012 D line. We need to stand with the Leaders and make them stronger.

No more eggcuses 4 Perrier Jerry

June 8th, 2012
3:58 pm

Babineux need 2 spend time with Perreir Jerry shoing him how 2 paly ion the NFL instead of helping cripple kids. He need 2 help our cripple kid Perrei Jerry! LOLOLO


June 9th, 2012
7:15 am

Anyone seen Seen comments? No comments lately……not that it mattered….he was silly….guess he’s done


June 9th, 2012
7:25 am

It’s great Babineaux is involved in this, whether it’s his own decision or not, how many commentators on this blog have done the same? It’s positive and hopefully everyone involved will be unexpected inspired in some big or small way. Go Falcons!.


June 9th, 2012
7:25 am


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