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Hannah Testa: Beyond the Beautiful Game

In a society where athletes are considered popular figures and role models for success, athletes hold a significant platform. Athletes are not just a model for excellence in their respective sports, but they serve as a model for change, for speaking out, and for being the voice for the voiceless. Various athletes have used their platform to voice out their opinions on social issues, spreading the advocacy they preach; few examples of these include LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Colin Kaepernick. Stephen Jackson, among others. The same can be said for Atlanta and UFA’s very own Hannah Testa. While she may not be in the same stature of fame as the aforementioned list of people, the 17-year old’s passion and drive to make a change in the world is as bright and strong as ever.

As mentioned, Hannah used to play for the United Football Academy. Her time in the team was very successful. They won the title and she learned the importance of cohesion as a unit and the importance of hard work. In her own words, she admits that they were not the best team or the most talented, but she believed that their team worked the hardest. Shortly after her time in UFA, she moved on to pursue her life in volunteerism and creating advocacy. The lessons she learned in the sport shaped her to become the person driven with passion and to work hard on making a change. 

From an early age, Hannah has always advocated for animal life and the environment. At the age of 4, she expressed her love for animal life and educated herself on the issues concerning their health, primarily plastic pollution. This began her journey to creating advocacy in order to educate various industries and spread awareness on the issues that harm our animals. At age 10, she became an environmentalist and an animal rights activist. She recognized that plastic pollution is one of the biggest threats to our environment, and since then, she started to spread information about it to the public. With this, she launched Hannah4Change, an initiative she launched to spread her advocacy through the web. Hannah has worked with multiple government agencies in the state of Georgia, and she has proposed bills and loans to defend the rights of rhinos whose horns are used for the ivory trade. After receiving multiple awards for her efforts, Hannah released her book “Taking on the Plastic Crisis”, a book dedicated to going more in-depth with her journey.

In her book, she dives deeper into the personal experiences that drove her to make a change. The book talks about the experiences she went through as early as the age of 2 all the way to when she helped in creating Plastic Pollution Awareness Day in the state of Georgia at the age of 14.  The book not only talks about her challenge and her journey in life but also how to be aware, how to make a change in your own everyday lives to support her cause infighting and eradicating plastic pollution. One of the stories of her book was when she was 10, she mentions that her mother showed her a video of a rhino being poached and killed, and the anger she felt watching the video. Her mother told her something across the lines of, “It’s sad. But what can we do?”, and ever since then it has been Hannah’s challenge to be more, to do more. This story truly encapsulates the excellence and the brilliance of this young girl. While we can go on and rave on her excellence, the world should see for themselves. Be sure to check out Hannah4Change, and to grab a copy of her book. It is a great read and it is a terrific narrative about courage, integrity, and initiative. 

Hannah Testa’s story is a symbol that age is truly just a number and that anybody is capable of making a difference for as long as they put their heart and soul into it. Although she no longer has the time to pursue playing soccer, the sport that so many love; the passion, the drive, the hard work, the determination to be excellent is what the beautiful game is all about. Hannah at 17 is a role model and a symbol for what the youth is capable of, and for any young boys and girls out there that believe that they can’t succeed or can’t make a difference, let Hannah’s story be the symbol that anything is possible for as long as hard work and heart are there. Hannah, continue to strive, continue to be great, continue to change the world, we are all in awe and rooting for what the future holds!

Mitch Cherry displays Panorama Ray’s Art

ATLANTA, Georgia-March 4, 2021-Environmental artist Mitch Cherry, a long-time member of the Atlanta soccer community and Atlanta Rovers, displays Panorama Ray’s artwork at the “I saw you hanging on Carroll Street” show at the Carroll Street Cafe in Cabbagetown, Atlanta.

Ray “Panorama” Herbert, photographer and painter, is considered to this day as one of the iconic artists from the city of Atlanta. Born and raised in Atlantic City, NJ, Herbert was influential in changing Atlanta art and photography. Utilizing 1904 Kodak Cirkut cameras and over-sized contact prints, his unique style earned him his famous nickname, “Panorama Ray”.

Herbert started his career with simple, quick, and easy artwork. His early works consisted of quick-print tourist shots on the Atlantic City Pier. Eventually, Herbert realized that his talent and passion allowed him to expand this business further. He set up his professional photography and studio, and from there, his career took off. After setting up his studio, Herbert would use his talents and skills in a corporate context. He would become a professional photographer for corporate congregations, but Herbert saw an enormous potential for his photography career. He realized that his antique camera and natural knack for beauty had more significant potential for his career than he was doing. With a change of vision, Panorama Ray focused his lenses elsewhere. He made it a mission to document the changing landscape in Atlanta until his unfortunate death in 1997.

Those who are aware of Ray Herbert’s legacy know that he was heavily involved with the Atlanta community, if not the most active artist. His photography studio and the paintings he created during his career became monumental for the city’s history. He captured ordinary folks’ beauty and essence through his 500ft—rolls of ten-inch film and a simple canvas and paint. Fans of Panorama Ray remembered his career for his dazzling photos and eye-catching paintings. Still, ordinary folks reflect on his legacy for his kind, down-to-earth, and generous personality. Panorama Ray’s legacy inspired a new generation of Atlanta artists to follow in his footsteps and emulate his success, such as Mitch Cherry.

Mitch Cherry, Environmental artist and Bus Stop Art Studio founder, was known for bringing up-and-coming artists and sharing their talent with the community. Mitch and the studio produced hundreds of events in multiple years, and the studio became an inspiration for the creation of MTV’s Real World. Mitch art directed many photos for Ray at the Bus Stop…some with his band Spaceseed, Green Arrow and DJ So Fly. Mitch was always ready to create an interesting backdrop for his photography or be an actor in his moving stills.

 Apart from arts and music, Mitch has also been heavily involved with the Atlanta sports scene. One of his passions is soccer. Mitch played competitive soccer in college at Dekalb Central and played with Imperial Pint FC and Atlanta Rovers clubs. Mitch’s involvement with the Atlanta community in all aspects of art is truly remarkable. It only fits that he was tasked to present “Panorama Ray’s” painting.

To commemorate the great artist’s legacy, Mitch Cherry is showcasing “Panorama Ray” Herbert’s artwork at the “I saw you hanging on Carroll Street” show at the Carroll Street Cafe in Cabbagetown, Atlanta where he will display pieces from his personal collection. Proceeds from the event will go to the Christian Appalachian Project. A touching tribute to a one-of-a-kind artist and man. The closing party event is Tuesday, March 30 from 7-10pm.

The Next Panorama Ray show will be June 12 with Harry Underwood and Ab the Flagman in Inman Park at the WADDI

Atlanta Soccer Fans!

Come see the next professional soccer team in Atlanta…. Atlanta Rovers FC as they take on Potros Futbol Club on April 17 at the Silverbacks Park next to Spaghetting Junction off I-285  Come watch the stars of tomorrow, today as the Atlanta Rovers Celebrate 25 years of existence.
The Party starts at 2pm and the game starts at 4pm.
How much does it cost? FREE…thats right…FREE
There will be music and games with raffles through the day in a family friendly atmosphere. 
The will be an art exibit by environmental artist Mitch Cherry and Hannah Testa bringing awareness of Plastics in the Ocean through Soccer and Surfing.
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