Philanthropist & Community Advocate
When asked how important it is to give back to her community, Angie Blank responded: “It is something I wake up every day to do.” Now that her children are grown, she spends her time giving back to the community. Motivated by personal experiences, she serves on the board for The Warrior Alliance, an organization that serves the needs of veterans transitioning out of the military, and is an adamant supporter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
Your immediate family is in close geographic proximity?
Yes, my sister lives here in Atlanta, and we are very, very close. We talk every day, and we do everything together. She has two kids, and our kids are very close as well. My mother lives in Marietta. She lived in North Carolina for almost thirty years and when her husband passed away a couple years ago, she moved back to Georgia.
Trusting is a challenge. Tell me about that.
Yes, trust is a huge 5-letter word in my vocabulary. It has been integral to the relationships that I have been involved in. Any kind of relationship—a friend, a business, a partner—none of those can be successful unless you have trust, it’s the #1 ingredient. Once trust is gone, it is extremely hard to repair and rebuild relationships.
You are at heart an athlete. How did that come about?
Well, growing up, my mother always required me and my sister to be active. My mother played basketball when she was young, so she was sort of a tomboy. I loved basketball, and I started playing on a boys’ team (there wasn’t a girls’ team where I lived at that time). I played it through my sophomore year of high school. Then I decided to become a cheerleader for the basketball team. I also played softball, but I didn’t have a love relationship with the sport, and I was a terrible softball player. I was always competitive, and I still am very competitive. I love sports, really all sports. I think they are so good for our youth to participate in to help them learn lessons about life in general. Sports help reveal character; teach the importance of teamwork; require them to manage time between practices/games and homework; teach discipline for sticking it out through times when they don’t feel like it or would rather be at a friend’s party; develop better habits for taking care of their bodies with healthier eating and exercising; and probably most important—sports teach the lessons of both winning and losing . . . always be respectful of your opponent, take the lessons learned and move forward.