My name is Ryan Clark and a few years ago my great friends Arthur, Brian, Cody and I created Athletes 2 Athletes initially to compete in a business competition. Never could we have imagined that it would grow as rapidly as it has. With the help of Joseph Schieve and Matthew Zelesnikar, it has become extremely well known in the community. The community is extremely important when it comes to A2A. A2A is not just find money and use it, but rather we try to bring the community together, to raise money to donate to a charity in need. So in reality, yes, the students of Johnson City High School are running A2A, but the community, when working together, is Athletes 2 Athletes. A2A is not what it is today without the people of Johnson City. We definitely cannot do what we do without our gracious community. I couldn’t be prouder of what Athletes 2 Athletes has become and I want to thank not just Joe, Matt and the current students of A2A, but I also everyone who has ever donated, attended a game, or helped create a basket that was later raffled off.
Even though I am no longer part of the Athletes 2 Athletes everyday business, A2A holds a special place in my heart. I am constantly telling people about Athletes 2 Athletes and the effect that it has had on our community.
I first started spreading the word of Athletes 2 Athletes at college when I attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Today, I spread the word with my teammates in the Atlanta Braves organization. In June 2015 my life changed forever when I was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 5th round, 150th overall, in the Major League Baseball June Amateur Draft. I hope that I can continue to spread the word of Athletes 2 Athletes wherever I end up and I look forward to watching it grow and watch the community grow around it.