Kids Will Have Chance to Meet DeCoud, Teammates in June Bowling Event

Mike Foster@michaelsfosterCorrespondent IMarch 30, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 13:  Thomas DeCoud #28 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates their 30 to 28 win over the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Georgia Dome on January 13, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Atlanta Falcons fans should mark a certain upcoming Summer day on their calendars, especially if they have youngsters. 

On June 1, Strikes 4 Kids will partner with the Atlanta Falcons to host a charity bowling event at 300 Bowling in Atlanta, which will give fans a chance to get up close and personal with Falcons players. 

One of the city's most colorful sports personalities, safety Thomas DeCoud, will host the event, along with teammates Jason Snelling, William Moore, Peyton Thompson, Robert McClain and Dominique Franks, as well as former Falcon Brent Grimes

All proceeds from the bowling session, which will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET, will go towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants special wishes for children who are dealing with life-threatening illnesses. 

Strikes 4 Kids is a non-profit organization, founded by Joseph Allen of Elk Grove, CA., that coordinates golf and bowling events that bring together players and fans. 

"Our main goal is to give children and fans the opportunity to meet their favorite players that they look up to while raising money for a great cause," Allen said. "This offers such a unique experience that these participants will forever cherish."

Since the organization broke ground in 2012, Strikes 4 Kids has held six events in California and Nevada. 

June will be the first time the organization treks to the south. 

"I am looking forward to see how the fans of Atlanta come out to support their team," Allen said. "I have been told they have the second best fans in the entire NFL behind the Seattle Seahawks and their 12th man, so I am excited to see how outgoing and fun they are."

So far, each event Strikes 4 Kids has held has been a complete sellout, averaging an income of $10,000 to go towards the respective benefit organizations it has partnered with in each city. 

Allen said his inspiration for the organization came from his mother, who worked 20 years with Child Protective Services. 

"I want to be able to help that child who does not have clothes or shoes, and to continue to give him/her hope that there is always a sun shining even in the darkest moments of life," Allen said. 

Allen admitted to being an avid Ravens fan, but still managed to drop in a nice word for his Atlanta partner. 

"[DeCoud] is a very high energy player. He gives you all he has out there on the field and you never question if his heart is in the game," Allen said. 

In addition to the named players who will participate in the Atlanta event, Allen said a few "special guests" will show up as well. 

Prices for the event will be $80 a person, or $360 for a team of five bowlers. Admission will include three games of bowling, pizza, unlimited soft drinks, goody bags, a T-shirt, shoe rental and bowling prizes for the top bowlers. Spectators can pay $30 for entry. 

All quotes in story were obtained first-hand by columnist