Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta President and CEO Missy Dugan accepted a donation of about 50 soccer balls from her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan. Maya T. Prabhu/maya.prabhu@ajc.com

Republican senator donates soccer balls received in prank to Boys and Girls Club

A Georgia Republican senator “turned lemons into lemonade” when he donated soccer balls mockingly mailed to his office earlier this year to the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, on Thursday donated about 50 soccer balls to the Boys and Girls Club after a conservative radio host suggested to his listeners that chamber’s Republicans needed to “grow a pair.”

“I’d like to thank (radio host) Erick Erickson for encouraging his listeners to send the soccer balls so we can assist the Boys and Girls Club,” Dugan said. 

President and CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta Missy Dugan, the majority leader’s wife, said the soccer balls will contribute to the organizations commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles for children.

Erickson of News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB in January asked his listeners to send soccer balls to Mike Dugan’s office after some Senate Republicans supported a resolution that would add an federal Equal Rights Amendment to  the U.S. Constitution. 

Many conservatives have said they are against the amendment because they believe it could lead to more abortions.

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