The Atlanta Falcons Community Quarterback Award honors volunteers in Georgia (ages 13 and over) who exemplify leadership and dedication to bettering their communities. Each month during the 2013 season, September through December, an Atlanta Falcons Community Quarterback of the Month winner will be selected. Each winner will receive a $1,000 grant from NFL Foundation to support the organization served. Additionally, on Monday, December 16, each of the Atlanta Falcons Community Quarterback Award winners will be recognized at the annual Atlanta Falcons Community Honors Dinner and the 2013 Community Quarterback Award Winner of the Year will be announced.

The Atlanta Falcons are pleased to announce Abhinav Sharma as the Atlanta Falcons Community Quarterback Award winner for November for his volunteer work with Coaching Corps.

Serving as a volunteer coach with Coaching Corps for over two years, Sharma, a full-time student, is responsible for founding the first chapter at Emory University. Coaching Corps is a nonprofit that recruits, trains and places volunteers to act as coaches and role models in afterschool sports programs serving kids in under-served communities. Coaching Corps at Emory University currently has over 23 coaches impacting the lives of 330 kids at Jones Boys and Girls Club. Through Sharma’s guidance these dedicated volunteers also created a basketball league for the Jones Boys and Girls Club.

The intersecting passions of three foundations sparked the start of Coaching Corps in 2002. The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation envisioned an intermediary organization that could improve the physical, academic and social outcomes of underserved kids by eliminating the economic and gender barriers to their participation in great sports programs.

For 10 years, the founders of Coaching Corps have been convinced that sports are a vehicle of transformative change for girls and boys in low-income communities. And in an economy that widens the gap between kids on opposite ends of the economic spectrum, the work of Coaching Corps has never been more urgent. Today, Coaching Corps serves over 30,000 kids in chapters on 15 university and college campuses in California, Georgia, Massachusetts and Colorado.

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