ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 22: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after their 24-12 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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Matt Ryan leading 680/The Fan radiothon June 30 to help Black communities

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is leading an all-day radiothon on 680/The Fan Tuesday, June 30 to raise money for his new Advancing The Lives (ATL) of the Black Community Fund. 

Via GoFundMe, he has raised $1.27 million with a goal of reaching $2 million. He has contributed $500,000 out of his own pocket already.

The radiothon will air on the sports talk station from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. next Tuesday and will feature interviews with Ryan and other athletes and celebrities.

Ryan has admitted in past interviews that as a White man, he wants to help but doesn’t quite know how. So he has gathered an advisory council of sports figures, activists, business leaders, philanthropists and Black influencers in the Atlanta region to help him distribute the money in a productive way.

“I made a commitment to listening and learning, and I am putting that commitment into motion,” said Ryan in a press release. “Now is the time to be an ally and take action. This radiothon will raise funds that will help us take those next steps toward positive transformation.”

A silent auction of items to bid on will start next Monday, and people can contribute money here.

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Rodney Ho
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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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