ATLANTA - Atlanta Falcons Owner Arthur Blank's passion for soccer was evident as he previewed his major league soccer team's new training grounds on Monday. Blank, Atlanta United FC President Darren Eales and Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin previewed the future facilities under construction on Franklin Road in Marietta.
When it comes to the love of the game, it is truly for the Blanks, a family affair.
“One of the beautiful things I love about soccer is my family is connected to it. My fiancée is, two of her younger kids play competitively, her younger daughter is going to college on a scholarship, my son is also going to Elon on a soccer scholarship. It's a great family sport for me too as well,” said Blank.
While the focus of Monday's gathering was to feature the state of the art training facilities scheduled to open in January of 2017, Blank told FOX 5 News he is doing well, a month after announcing he was cancer-free following surgery for prostate cancer.
“I'm doing well, thank you. I'm cancer-free which is most important, after that it's just some post-surgical conditions you have to deal with. I'm making progress. I appreciate all the support, best wishes and prayers and good wishes I've received throughout Atlanta,” said Blank.
In February, the 73-year-old revealed doctors diagnosed him with a treatable form of prostate cancer in December. Blank said it was for him, a period of reflection.
“I think you know when you have a health scare or something traumatic in your life happen that way it gives you another opportunity to pause for reflection, and I think often what that means to me. I lost my mother last January she was four months short of 100 she would often advise me about I've achieved a lot in my life it's time to take care of my family myself,” said Blank.
It appears he is taking his mother's advice to heart. He said he has a great staff and enjoys seeing them take over the reins in a lot of his businesses, while he continues to focus on the things he loves to do, like bringing a major league soccer franchise to the new Mercedes Benz stadium.
"It has been a wonderful journey for me and I'm looking forward to us playing next year," said Blank.