Flowery Branch, GA – The Atlanta Falcons are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 High School Coach of the Week presented by Russell Athletic, Captain in the Community presented by Russell Athletic and Youth Team/Cheer Squad of the Week for the week of October 21.
High School Coach of the Week presented by Russell Athletic:
Rick Hurst of Eastside High School in Covington, GA has been selected as this week’s NFL High School Coach of the Week presented by Russell Athletic. This past Friday night, Eastside High School defeated Lumpkin County High School, 28-12. With the victory, Eastside clinched its fourth win of the season.
Each week of the season, the winner of this award will receive a personalized certificate from the NFL League Office, a commemorative game ball and a $1,000 grant from the NFL Foundation to his school’s athletic department.
To submit a nomination for the Atlanta Falcons Coach of the Week program, please visit
Captain in the Community presented by Russell Athletic:
The Atlanta Falcons Captain in the Community winner is Jacob Gross, a middle linebacker, tight end and fullback at Upson-Lee High School in Thomaston, GA.
The Captain in the Community program recognizes outstanding high school football student-athletes around the state of Georgia that demonstrate strong leadership skills both on-and-off the field. Winners are selected by USA Football, the Official Youth Football Development Partner of the NFL. Additionally, each winner’s high school will receive a grant in the amount of $1,000 to support community initiatives courtesy of the Atlanta Falcons and the NFL Foundation.
To submit a nomination for the Atlanta Falcons Captain in the Community Program, please visit
Youth Team/Cheer Squad of the Week:
The Youth Cheer Squad of the Week is the Fabulous Flames, a special needs youth cheerleading squad ages 5-18 located in Cumming, GA.
This program recognizes outstanding youth teams around the state of Georgia through mid-November. Each winning team’s organization will receive a grant in the amount of $1,000 courtesy of the Atlanta Falcons and the NFL Foundation.
To submit a nomination for the Atlanta Falcons Youth Team of the Week program, please visit
For photos and additional information on the 2013 winners, please check out the Falcons Community blog on www.riseupatlanta.com.