Employee Spotlight: How a Personal Journey Became a Passion for Empowerment Through Wheelchair Tennis
From time cards to the tennis court, Robert Popelka lives into the values of volunteering and service, both inside and outside his office walls. Rob’s commitment to our mission is too great to go unnoticed, and he has become a light in the Atlanta community through his love of wheelchair tennis, inspiring and empowering players who are able to connect under his humble leadership.
The first time I visited Atlanta was on a civil rights driving tour of the American South when I was in high school. We visited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthplace and final resting place, as well as the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. How fitting it was, then, to return to Atlanta again almost 10 years later, in a continuing fight for human rights and social and racial justice with Repair the World.
Dwight Howard has long been recognized for his incredible talent as a player in the NBA. However, it is his actions off the basketball court that make him a true star.
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, have dedicated their lives to service. The youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona State Senate, Rep. Giffords spent more than a decade representing her community first in the state legislature and then in Congress. As a naval aviator, Capt. Kelly made two tours of duty and flew 39 combat missions, before becoming a NASA astronaut – flying four missions and spending more than 50 days in space.