Atlanta Falcons Players Want More Georgia Voters – The New York Times

Falcons fullback Keith Smith wore a T-shirt that bore a quote from the late Representative John Lewis of Georgia during warmups before a September game.

Before the season started, players on the team’s three-year-old social justice committee searched for more impactful methods of grass-roots activism after team-wide conference calls and meetings with local leaders following George Floyd’s killing at the hands of Minneapolis police in May. The committee decided that one area where it could make a bigger impact on voter engagement was speaking directly with high school football players, whom they figured would share a connection over being athletes.