One such rally that many Georgians may recall occurred in 1992 when Sid "Slide" Bream, turned third and slid home to win the pennant that took the Atlanta Braves to the World Series.
Turn the Tide on Suicide
If baseball teams can rally in the 9th to win championships, is it also possible that ordinary individuals can rally to make an extraordinary difference in addressing the epidemic of suicide? This is the question behind the formation of Rally in the 9th.
In the 9th
Georgia's 9th Congressional District located in the northeastern portion of the state is home to more than 714,000 Georgians, from Athens to the beautiful Chattahoochee National Forest. Unfortunately, the 9th is also home to six of the ten highest suicide counties in the state, including the top three. The 9th District has a 10-year suicide rate 21% higher than the state average and 19 of the 20 counties have a higher suicide rate than the national average. More than 1,400 lives have been lost in the past ten years creating a future economic productivity loss of nearly $2 Billion. But no price can be put on the emotional and mental pain that such losses generate.
Are You In?
This is a Rally Cry to all individuals, agencies, corporations, NGOs, faith groups, and other organizations that live work and play in the 9th District to come together to end the epidemic of hopelessness that leads to suicide.
The counties we seek to Rally in the 9th include Banks, Clarke, Dawson, Elbert, Fannin,Forsyth, Franklin, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White.
The Game Plan
Every winning team has a game plan, even when they are down by 2 in the bottom of the ninth. Sid Bream has often said of his game winning homeplate slide that he never even looked at the base coach giving him the sign to hold at third. He knew he had to get home. Because of his vision, the Braves won the National League Championship. In the same way Rally in the 9th has a game plan and we invite you to join us. Together we can make a difference.