McNair said the event will impact the community as a whole rather than the recreation department itself.
“I think any time you can have someone who basically fell from grace and hit rock bottom, but built themselves back up is a testimony for anybody,” he said. “I think it's a great opportunity for the citizens to hear from someone who is still trying to get back.”
Boston said Vick's testimony is one that people can relate to on a personal level.
“The simple truth of the matter is that he just happens to be on a bigger stage, but anybody can make mistakes,” Boston said. “It's not about where you're coming from, but about where you're going.”
Boston said he understands the controversy that has surrounded Vick in the past, but contends the purpose behind I Still Have Hope is to focus on peoples’ desire to change and help them do so.
“A lot of people feel Michael Vick is not the best role model,” Boston said. “In my humble opinion, someone who has done wrong, paid the price and recognized that they've done wrong, is the best role model. The truth is 90 percent of people need a second chance.”
Seating capacity is limited for the event. For more information visit www.istillhavehope.com or call 404-433-9914.
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