"Our annual Heritage Weekend is an important one for us," said John Schuerholz, Braves President. "It provides us with the continued opportunity to share with our fans and our community - young and old - the important civil and human rights work that is still being done."
The Braves and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights will partner for the Delta Air Lines Champions Luncheon brought to you by State Farm on Friday, May 2 at Turner Field's 755 Club. The luncheon will benefit the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
The Hank Aaron Champion for Justice Award ceremony will take place during the luncheon to honor the 2014 award recipients - outstanding individuals who have made a lifelong commitment to overcoming industry obstacles and inspiring future generations.
The 2014 awardees include: Joe Barry Carroll, retired NBA All Star; Jackie Joyner-Kersee, track and field Olympic legend and gold medalist; Edwin Moses, former track and field Olympic legend and gold medalist; and Reverend C.T. Vivian, civil rights legend and recent recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Following the ceremony, the awardees will participate in a panel discussion on the role of athletes in challenging discrimination and societal barriers. The panel will be moderated by Doug Shipman, CEO of The Center.
"The Center is very excited to continue our partnership with the Atlanta Braves to host the Champions for Justice Luncheon," said Doug Shipman. "Athletes have historically played a key role in promoting civil and human rights issues, and we hope to continue to share their stories through partnered programs and events such as this one."
Tickets for the luncheon are available by visiting www.civilandhumanrights.org/Act/EventCalendar/index.html
Before Friday night's game, all four Hank Aaron Champion of Justice Award winners will take part in a pregame on-field ceremony.
On Saturday, the Braves will host a youth clinic on the field in the morning and later that evening the Atlanta Braves will don Atlanta Black Crackers uniform while their opponents will wear the San Francisco Sea Lions uniforms to honor the Negro League.
Following the game Kool & the Gang will "celebrate" the occasion with a postgame concert presented by Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines.