AnÂ Atlanta Falcons player who suffered a season-endingÂ knee injury in Week 1 has recently become the brand ambassador for a local nonprofit.Â
Falcons Safety Keanu Neal is advocating for the Top Dogg K9 Foundation, whichÂ opened in Gwinnett County early last yearÂ and rescues, trains and pairs service dogs with veterans. The group estimates 22 veterans commit suicide every day in America, and hopes to reverse that trend through dog companionship.Â
Neal, whose father served in the Vietnam War, spends time at the Lilburn nonprofit with hisÂ French bulldog, Keyno, a press release said. TheÂ 23-year-old wears No. 22 on the field.Â
âI love the No. 22, but it has an even bigger meaning to me,â Neal said in a statement.Â âBeing a part of a veteran-owned organization that pairs trained service dogs to veterans is a great way to give back.âÂ
Top Dogg founderÂ Blake Rashad said heâs âthrilled by Keanuâs support.â
âSaving veterans every day is our goal, and weâre so glad to know that Keanu serves as a voice for veterans,â Rashad said in a statement.Â
The nonprofitâs dog training facility, which offers resources such as group service dog training classes, is located atÂ 4776 Stone Mountain Highway. Veterans can make an appointment here.
‘Top Dogg K-9’ foundation is preparing for its grand opening this weekend in Gwinnett.