ATLANTA (October 13, 2011) — The Atlanta Silverbacks donated just over $3,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, the club announced Thursday. The money was raised through an auction of game-worn jerseys from the Silverbacks’ inaugural season in the NASL.
“Auctioning the jerseys was a great, creative way to raise awareness and funds to support keeping kids in our community healthy,” said Missy Dugan, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. “We teach our kids every day about the importance of physical activity, good health and positive life choices. We look forward to more great opportunities like this with the Silverbacks.”
At the September 24 Silverbacks season finale, each player’s jersey was auctioned off, and after the game, the winning bidders came onto the stadium field to meet the players, claim their jerseys, and collect autographs and photos. Top bids in the auction included $255 each for the jerseys of goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer, midfielder Raphael Cox, and midfielder Lucas Paulini.
“It’s incredible to see that kind of generosity from our fans,” said Paulini, the team captain. “They stuck by us all season, and it was great to be able to give them something meaningful to take home, while also supporting an organization that does so much good for kids in Atlanta.”
The auction raised a grand total of $3,002.26 that will be put toward BGCMA programs. One hundred kids from local clubs also attended the season finale as guests of the team.