Atlanta Falcons veteran defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux recently donated computer laptops and tablets to teens residing at the Turning Point Group Homes in Decatur. In doing so, Turning Point chose to name a room at the home “The Jonathan Babineaux Computer Lab.”
This is just one of a number of things the nine-year veteran defensive tackle has done to give back to the Atlanta community off the field. During the event, teen residents also surprised Babineaux with his likeness in a mural they created.
Turning Point Group Homes currently serves 32 under-privileged and at-risk adolescents who have been either abused, neglected or deprived by offering them a safe haven in its six facilities located throughout DeKalb County. Through structure and a nurturing environment, its educational and therapeutic components sanctioned by the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, the center aims to help these youth become productive citizens.
“We’re ecstatic about our new computer lab,” said Turning Point Group Homes Founder and CEO Naomi Aguey. “We’re so glad [Babineaux] chose us to donate to. We know things have been difficult for a lot of people, but we are just blessed.”
By assisting the facility, Babineaux, a captain of the 2012 NFC Division Champions Atlanta Falcons, extended his off-field legacy, which includes being the first Atlanta Falcons player to donate to 74 charities such as a horse-carriage therapy program for students with severe medical disabilities.
Babineaux has also given area vision-impaired children their first NFL live game experience, baby-sat infants with special needs for Easter Seals, delivered Christmas gifts to refugees, participated in Meals on Wheels for senior citizens and given shoes to shelter-bound women seeking employment. He also has served as an Ambassador for Easter Seals and spokesperson for The Lupus Foundation. His free youth football camps have been an annual mainstay in the community as well.