BOZEMAN — In each of the past two summers, the Atlanta Falcons have hosted a youth football camp at Montana State University, free of charge to the rising stars of Montana. In 2017, the attendance blew away expectations, becoming the largest camp the Falcons have seen in more than 15 years. As a result, the organization increased its one-day event to three days in 2018, once again setting attendance records in the Treasure State.
But why Montana? How did the Falcons land in Big Sky Country to begin with? It all stems to Falcons owner Arthur Blank and his family, owners of the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Paradise Valley.
Blank is a well-known philanthropist, giving his time, resources and money to causes across the country. Last summer, the Blank Foundation donated $50,000 to wildfire relief efforts in Montana and continues to host various camps for underprivileged youth. Blank, his family and their foundation take pride in the work they’re doing in Montana, making it their home away from home.
The video above takes a deeper look into the Falcons’ trip to Montana for the 2018 camp, with current guard Ben Garland, former star players Bobby Butler and Buddy Curry, as well as members of the staff, as they pass along their knowledge to Montana’s young athletes, while enjoying all Montana has to offer at Blank’s Mountain Sky Guest Ranch.