Atlanta sports stars unite: ‘Better days are ahead’

Atlanta’s sports teams have annually come together for #404Day, a celebration of the city using its area code as a rallying point.

But this year they are uniting even more to offer encouragement to fans during the coronavirus outbreak.

Players from the Braves, Falcons, Hawks, Atlanta United and Dream are featured in a new video. They share the message of taking care of each other in the community, even if it means being apart for awhile.

The players featured are Freddie Freeman of the Braves, Grady Jarrett of the Falcons, John Collins of the Hawks, Josef Martinez of Atlanta United and Tiffany Hayes of the Dream.

In part of the video, the players say: “On this #404Day, we want to bring Atlanta together for a bigger purpose. Let’s take care of each other. Let’s have each other’s back. Let’s be a team. You be my teammate, I’ll be yours.

“We’re facing a serious threat. But this city has conquered bigger challenges before. Better days are ahead. Let’s do what it takes. To be together again soon. Even if that means staying apart for now. Let’s do it. For Atlanta.”

Martinez even took part while standing on crutches. He is recovering from knee surgery.

The Braves would have played their home opener Friday night but their season has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Hawks and Atlanta United have had their seasons suspended while the Dream's season has also been delayed.