Look around our city and you’ll see fans rising up in support of their Super Bowl bound Atlanta Falcons. From downtown buildings lit up red, to neighborhood driveways adorned with signs of support, Falcon fever has never been higher. Residents at ANDP’s Martin House at Adamsville Place are joining in the celebration and show of support!
Martin House is a 153-unit apartment community in Southwest Atlanta that offers affordable and market rate rental apartments to active seniors. The facility was developed in 2005 and offers residents numerous amenities including: pool, theatre, fitness center, resident garden, beauty salon, library, community room and laundry rooms on each floor.
ANDP’s on-site assistant property manager Glenna Alexander works year round with residents to create engaging programs and events.
“These kinds of events and activities are very important to our residents. It’s a great opportunity to get together, interact and it gives them something to look forward to,” explained Alexander.
But in the case of Atlanta Falcons festivities, the residents seem to have taken the lead.
“We’ve been getting together throughout this season to watch the games,” explained resident and lifelong Falcon fan Eddie Sams.
Sams works throughout the year helping to coordinate movie night for the residents. When asked what this season and a Super Bowl appearance means to the City and its fans, Sams said “It means everything! We’ve stuck with the Falcons through thick and thin. The Falcons, their fans and the city truly deserve this.”
The Atlanta Falcons are one of 13 teams in the National Football League without a Super Bowl win. This will be the Falcons’ second attempt at the Lombardi Trophy. In 1999, the Falcons upset the Minnesota Vikings to make their first Super Bowl appearance. However, they lost that game to the defending champions, the Denver Broncos.
But Falcon fans at Martin House aren’t concerned about past performances. They are focused on this year and Sunday’s Super Bowl.
“I’ve been a fan of the Falcons since I was a kid,” said Yolanda Wilkes. “I remember seeing the Falcons play in the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. It’s great to see the team at this level today. We have a great quarterback in Matt Ryan. We NEEDED Matt Ryan this year. Martin House loves Matt Ryan!”
Sams and Wilkes are working to help coordinate Sunday’s event where residents will come together and “Rise Up” with a party that will include traditional Super Bowl fare – wings, chips, dip, soda and more. More importantly, they’ll be rooting for their beloved Falcons!
Sams sums up the feelings of most Atlantans when asked about any special rituals or traditions he does to bring the Falcons good luck, “No special traditions. I’m a believer, I just pray.”
ANDP congratulates the Atlanta Falcons and sends its best wishes for a victory in Houston.
About ANDP – ANDP is a private, non-profit organization created in 1991 to promote, create and preserve affordable housing through direct development, lending, policy research and advocacy that result in the equitable distribution of affordable housing throughout the metropolitan Atlanta region. Now in its 25th year, the organization has impacted more than 11,200 homes in metro Atlanta. ANDP is a chartered member of NeighborWorks.
About NeighborWorks America – NeighborWorks America is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established by Congress. For more than 35 years, we have helped people live in affordable homes – whether through long-term, sustainable homeownership or high-quality affordable rental housing – and strengthen their communities. We do this by directly supporting a network of more than 245 nonprofit organizations with technical assistance and grants and by awarding more than 20,500 certificates to housing and community development professionals. Members of the NeighborWorks network offer homeownership and financial education, directly develop and manage affordable housing, and provide access to sustainable mortgages and other loans.