031005 - ATLANTA, GA -- Atlanta Braves batters Gary Sheffield (R) and Chipper Jones prepare to face Chicago Cubs Kerry Wood in fourth inning action in Game 5 of the National League Division Series at Turner Field  in 2003.Credit: File photo
Photo: RICH ADDICKS/AJC staff
Photo: RICH ADDICKS/AJC staff

Conversations with Gary Sheffield and Hank Aaron at Ebenezer on Saturday

The Atlanta Braves  and Ebenezer Baptist Church are partnering to host a citywide prayer breakfast for boys, young men and fathers in the metro area.

The men’s breakfast, “Conversations: Beyond the Game” will honor Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron and retired All-Star MLB star and former Atlanta Braves player  Gary Sheffield.

This discussion will center on issues such as  family, fatherhood and encouraging young men to play a role in the community.

The event will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, followed by the dialogue with Aaron and Sheffield.

“It’s a pleasure for us to partner with the Braves as we bring together legends like Hank Aaron, Gary Sheffield, and ordinary men and boys in our community,” says the Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer. “We will host hundreds of boys and men from across the city to encourage and inspire one another and more importantly, to build upon what Dr. Martin Luther King called the “Beloved Community.”

Sheffield played for the Braves for two seasons during his career, which spanned more than two decades. He  retired after the 2009 season.

The men’s breakfast is free for children/youth and $10 for men. Following the breakfast, Warnock will moderate a one-on-one conversation with Aaron, Sheffield and a special surprise civil rights guest

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