Falcons player starting Lawrenceville youth club

LAWRENCEVILLE — An Atlanta Falcons player is launching a youth club in Lawrenceville that will focus on environmental education.

Ovie Mughelli, starting fullback for the Falcons, will kick off the Ovie Mughelli Foundation One World Link Program on Tuesday offered at the Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club, where Mughelli will address the kids about both the environment and sports.

The OMF OWL Program was adopted by the Ovie Mughelli Foundation from One World Link, an organization that brings communities together to support mentoring and environmental and entrepreneurial endeavors in schools. Program members will engage in a sports and outdoor-influenced curriculum of activities, such as environmental conservation and sustainable initiatives (schoolwide energy audits) and community involvement projects, including planting trees, building trails, reforestation and fire hazard mitigation.

“The Ovie Mughelli Foundation has been very eager to present the OMF OWL program that we’re initiating locally with a mission to roll out to other communities by 2012,” Mughelli said. “Environmental activism is the primary focus for our foundation. Making the practical lifestyle changes in our households and our surroundings will establish a better environment now and for future generations.”

About 25 to 30 kids are expected to participate in the program and its ongoing activities.

“We are thrilled to have Ovie’s OMF OWL program launch at our Club,” said Rory Johnson, senior executive director of the Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club. “The children we serve are part of a generation that will continue to grow the green movement and find jobs, resources and new opportunities to improve our environment. They will benefit greatly from the program and be inspired by Ovie, a leader on and off the field.”