Arthur Blank to match up to 1M donation

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank on the field prior to Super Bowl LI on February 5, 2017, at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
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Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank will match up to $1 million in donations for those in the Houston area affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Blank joins a host of other NFL owners, players and athletes of all sports in general who have been making significant donations to the relief efforts.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out for the people of Houston and surrounding areas as they begin a long recovery from the impact of this terrible disaster, as well as the heroes that have sprung into action showing us great courage and again reminding us of the very best of America,” said Blank in a statement. “The work and resources needed by the people there are going to be almost unimaginable so we hope the incredible fans of both of our teams will join us by giving whatever they can to support our brothers and sisters in a time of incredible need.”

Blank will match donations made to the Red Cross through his family foundation. The Red Cross donation page asks for fans of the Falcons and the Atlanta United, a Major League Soccer team owned by Blank, to donate through the website up until September 15 to be among the donations matched by Blank. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is engaging in the same method of donations as Blank, and there will almost surely be more executives and players throwing their hats into the relief ring, as well.

Blank originally purchased the Falcons back in 2002.

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