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Atlanta Falcons invite local health care heroes to attend Super Bowl LV

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Janet Christenbury
Emory Healthcare
Lyndsey York Henize
Emory Healthcare
John Deighton
Atlanta Falcons

Fifteen health care workers from Emory Healthcare, who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, will attend Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7 in Tampa, Florida, as invited guests of the Atlanta Falcons.

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Falcons, along with Emory Healthcare and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, announced today they have selected a combined 23 local health care heroes to attend Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay as guests of the Falcons on Feb. 7. These health care workers, who were required to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations as part of an NFL Super Bowl initiative, were invited to recognize their unwavering commitment to their community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Select health care workers from around the country, including local health care heroes invited by 32 NFL Clubs, will take part in various Super Bowl LV festivities at Raymond James Stadium. All health care workers attending Super Bowl LV will have completed both doses of their COVID-19 vaccination prior to traveling to Tampa Bay.

Due to the vast number of health care heroes worthy of being honored at Super Bowl LV, Emory Healthcare entered health care workers from across the system, who were vaccinated by a certain date provided by the NFL, into a random drawing to receive a trip to Super Bowl LV. Similarly, Children’s selected four employees at random who entered a drawing. The four winners are each allowed to bring a fellow clinical Children’s employee who also has been vaccinated.

“We are extremely grateful for the frontline workers who have spent months battling the COVID-19 pandemic here in Atlanta and throughout the state of Georgia,” says Rich McKay, Atlanta Falcons President and CEO. “As the NFL season comes to its conclusion, we are thrilled to host 23 frontline heroes from Emory Healthcare and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay.”

“We are so appreciative to the Atlanta Falcons for providing this amazing opportunity for our health care workers to attend Super Bowl LV, and to the NFL for creating this unique program for vaccinated staff,” says Jonathan S. Lewin, MD, CEO of Emory Healthcare, which is the official team healthcare provider of the Atlanta Falcons. “While we had many eligible employees who have worked tirelessly for months caring for patients with COVID-19, we know these deserving individuals selected will represent Emory and Atlanta well.”

“We are so thankful to the Atlanta Falcons and entire Arthur M. Blank Family of Businesses for their continued support of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,” says Donna Hyland, CEO, Children’s. “We can’t think of a better way to recognize all the health care heroes who have worked tirelessly over the past year and we hope our team thoroughly enjoys their time in Tampa." 

“As the NFL season culminates in Tampa Bay, we are thanking our health care heroes who have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Peter O’Reilly, NFL Executive Vice President of Club Business and League Events. “We are honored to salute those who have demonstrated dedication, commitment and courage and deserve our deepest gratitude and admiration.”

Health and safety precautions such as increased physical distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene stations, first aid areas and directional signage will all be in place to create a safe environment for all individuals in attendance. For more information on Super Bowl LV gameday COVID-19 protocols visit

All activities during Super Bowl week, including game day, will be conducted in accordance with CDC and local health guidelines.

Fifteen health care workers from Emory Healthcare will attend the Super Bowl as invited guests of the Falcons. Among those selected are an emergency room nurse, an ICU nurse, a cardiac nurse tech, a physical therapist and a patient care assistant. 

Eight health care workers from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will attend the Super Bowl as invited guests of the Falcons.


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