Giving Back to the City of East Point
A vacant lot becomes special for the community
As co-owner of the vacant parcel of land adjacent to our East Point office, I had considered many options. I was aware that building a mixed-use development with commercial, residential and retail space would be the most lucrative. Early in 2019, I was approached by our neighbor at Oz Pizza. He had recently been approached by Soccer in the Streets in regards to creating a soccer field on our shared lot. Intrigued and curious, we jumped in the car and drove down to the already-completed Station Soccer: Five Points to learn more.
Practicing law can be difficult at times. Many cases force me to consider numerous avenues before making decisions that affect my clients and often their families. But this was easy. As soon as I laid eyes on the beautiful field I was immediately sold on the idea. It was evident that a soccer field like the one I was looking at would bring a new sense of purpose and vibrancy to the downtown East Point business district.
I agreed to lease my vacant parcel of land to Soccer in the Streets in the hopes that I could be part of making a difference in the lives of many young children. A soccer field would afford young kids a safe place to socialize, learn a sport, incorporate new skills and create friendships along with learning discipline, time management and self confidence.
Over the following months, I enjoyed witnessing the field’s construction progress as I came to the office each day. On October 5, 2019, our firm celebrated the field’s Opening Day with our Oz Pizza neighbor, the Soccer in the Streets organization, local city representatives and the families of East Point. I’m proud that I’ve been able to make a difference in the lives of so many people and that they are getting the vicarious benefits of the collaboration of the two major property owners.