Matt Ryan starts fund to advance lives of black community in Atlanta, donates $500,000

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Falcons QB Matt Ryan currently stands 10th on the NFL's list of career passing yards.

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Matt Ryan has established a GoFundMe fundraiser labeled Advancing The Lives (ATL) Of The Black Community and donated $500,000 to start. The Falcons quarterback set a goal of $2 million.

He wrote:

"Last week I made a commitment to listening and learning, and one of the messages that hit home for me was the difference between reacting to a situation and responding to a situation. For far too long I have reacted to social injustice with empathy and silent support but failed to follow through with active support. I feel the time has come to RESPOND. For ALL of us to respond.

"I see my city hurting, which is why I'm starting a fundraiser to help improve the community for people of color in the city of Atlanta. I'm kicking it off with a $500K donation and am asking you to consider donating as well. Whether big or small, you will be joining me in making a difference.

"Over the next few weeks/months I'll be really listening to the needs of the community and working with black business leaders, sports figures, activists and local grassroots organizations to get guidance on how these donations can be most impactful.

"Let's rise up as a community. It's time."

The fund comes in the aftermath of the recent deaths of black men Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick and George Floyd in Minneapolis.

After the death of Floyd, Ryan posted his thoughts on Instagram.

He wrote:

"My heart goes out to all of those who loved George Floyd, and all those who have been impacted by similar tragedies. I know that I cannot fully understand the depth and complexity of these issues because of the color of my skin, which is a sad testament to all of the work we have left to do. I know I am only one man, but I also know I am committed to doing what I can. That commitment includes listening and learning with all humility and compassion. It is the least I can do. IT is the least WE all can do."

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