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Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro receives Pat Tillman Award at 2017 ESPYs

During the 2017 ESPY Awards Wednesday night, comedian and television host Jon Stewart presented U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro with the Pat Tillman Award for service. 

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Del Toro was severely injured while on tour in Afghanistan in 2005 when his military truck drove over a bomb. Del Toro lost most of his fingers and more than 80 percent of his body was severely burned. He went into a coma for three months and was given a 15 percent chance of survival. When he awoke from the coma, he was told he likely wouldn’t be able to breathe or walk again on his own. 

Del Toro not only did both, he also used sports as rehabilitation, later competing in the Invictus Games, a sports competition for wounded service members. In 2014, he won a silver medal in powerlifting, and in 2016, he won gold in the shot put.

He was awarded Wednesday for his perseverance, military service and athletic pursuits, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“He found a way not just to survive against the odds, but to thrive. He is a study in strength, tenacity, bravery and service,” Stewart said, calling Del Toro “a soldier who has gone through pain and struggling you would not believe just to survive and be here tonight.”

Del Toro said he was honored and humbled to receive the award. 

“Receiving this award is still strange for me. I don’t see myself as someone special,” he said at the awards show. “Thank you for letting this guy who just had a bad day at work feel like someone special tonight.”

Del Toro talked about what it felt like to be tapped for the award last month.  

“I’m humbled for even being considered for this prestigious award named after Pat Tillman, a man I admire, but to actually receive this honor is unbelievable,” Del Toro said in a statement. “When I heard that Pat Tillman gave up a career in the NFL to serve his country after the 911 attacks, it gave me so much pride to call him a brother in arms. He truly is a shining example of Service Before Self. To Mrs. Tillman and the Pat Tillman Foundation, I give you my pledge that I’ll always try to live up to the true meaning of the Pat Tillman Award for Service in everything I do, and to represent his spirit to the best of my ability.”

Del Toro still serves in the military as an Air Force technician.

Pat Tillman, a former NFL player, left the league in 2002 to enlist in the Army after the Sept. 11 attacks. He was killed in Afghanistan in 2004.

Special Olympics Georgia 2017 Duck Pluck

On August 11th, 10,000 rubber ducks will take a swim in the pool at Post Chastain. Your $5 donation will not only help support our athletes during the State Games by providing meals, housing, and medals, but it will also make you eligible for a chance to win some awesome prizes! For your donation of $5 or more, a number will be assigned to a lucky rubber duck in your honor, and at 1 PM, six winning ducks will be “plucked” out!

Get more information and adopt your ducks, here.

5 films (besides ‘Baby Driver’) you didn't know were set in Atlanta

If you've seen the recently released movie "Baby Driver," you've probably gotten caught up in the excitement of thinking, "Hey, I know where that is!" countless times as you watch the car chases unfold. 

Atlanta plays a very prominent role in the movie, which was also filmed here. Though there’s a running list of films and television shows that are shot in the Atlanta area, there are fewer lists devoted to those films that have Atlanta plot lines.

RELATED: The 69 TV shows that are now being produced in Atlanta

If you want to see more of the ATL on the big screen, try watching these five films you probably didn’t realize were set in Atlanta:

"Wanderlust"

The 2012 comedy features Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd as a married couple who are moving from New York to Atlanta after they both find themselves out of work. On their way to the city, they stop at a commune in Georgia before ending up in Atlanta. There's some back-and-forth as the characters are torn between the commune's free love atmosphere and the promise of jobs in Atlanta. And in a scene after the credits, the sister-in-law of Rudd's character is shown as a cast member of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."

Not only was the film set in Atlanta, but it was also filmed in Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Monroe and Clarkesville, which served as the setting for the fictional commune.

RELATED: Georgia tops California in feature film production, study finds

"Moonlight"

The winner of the Oscar for Best Picture was set in both Atlanta and Miami, although it was filmed in Miami and other parts of Florida.

"Moonlight" tells the story of its lead character through three stages of his life as he deals with his sexuality and identity. In his adulthood, Chiron, who is now known as "Black," is living in Atlanta, dealing drugs. By the time the movie’s plot changes from Miami to Atlanta, the character, who's now being played by Trevante Rhodes, is living alone in a small house and has bulked up considerably since his youth. The film’s last scenes, which we won’t reveal here, are also set in Atlanta.

"Catch Me if You Can"

The 2002 film is based on the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), who impersonated a doctor, lawyer and airline pilot while scamming people out of millions of dollars before he reached the age of 19.

Part of the film is set at the former Riverbend Apartments off Interstate 285 in Atlanta. Overlooking a bend in the Chattahoochee River, the complex became famous – or infamous – in the 1970s for its clubhouse keg parties, nude swimming and swinging singles lifestyle. And at the end of the movie – spoiler alert! – Frank is sentenced to 12 years in maximum security prison in Atlanta.

"Trouble with the Curve"

Atlanta – as well as the Braves – figure prominently in this story of an aging baseball scout who's given one last assignment to try to prove his value to the organization. Clint Eastwood portrays the Braves scout, who is accompanied by his daughter, played by Amy Adams, on a scouting trip to North Carolina.

In addition to a plotline that centers around the Braves, the movie was filmed at Turner Field and George's Bar & Restaurant in Atlanta and other locations in Georgia.

"Ride Along"

The 2014 action-comedy stars Kevin Hart as a security guard who applies to the Atlanta City Police Academy. He tries to prove himself to his girlfriend's brother, played by Ice Cube, by riding along on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta.

Along the way, the duo responds to a call at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, and you can also spot CNN Center and Bank of America Plaza in the movie.

In the movie's sequel, "Ride Along 2," the story returns to Atlanta, where the filmmakers turned the second floor of the Georgia Capitol rotunda into a night club.

U.S. Quidditch Cup, based on Harry Potter books, headed to Texas in 2018

Harry Potter fans, rejoice! The U.S. Quidditch Cup is headed to the Sports Capital of Texas next year.

»RELATED: J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter turns 20 | See how to celebrate

The organization announced the news earlier this week, revealing that the event will be held April 14-15 at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex.

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“We are honored to host the players, families and fans in Round Rock for the U.S. Quidditch Cup in April 2018,” Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Nancy Yawn said in a release. “How exciting that the year of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, the Sports Capital of Texas gets to announce that the magical, competitive Quidditch national championships will be held here!”

U.S. Quidditch announced finalists for the location of the cup in May, which included Lubbock, Round Rock and Wichita Falls. The finalists were selected based on bids, which were evaluated on location of the bid, the quality of facilities, the amount of financial support and the level of community support, according to the release. Round Rock beat out the others mainly because of the ample room of its facility, it says. 

Though Round Rock has yet to start its own official team, the Austin area is home to two national championship winning teams: Texas Quidditch and Texas Cavalry. In the 2016-17 season, Texas had more teams registered with USQ than any other single state in the league, according to U.S. Quidditch. 

The Quidditch tournament, which first came to life in 2005, is a real-world adaptation of the game Harry Potter and his friends played in the popular book series. The magical sport involves two teams who “fly on brooms,” competing to score the most goals. It can be described as a cross between rugby, basketball and dodge ball.

Want to learn more about the competition? Find out about tickets and teams here

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What to do in Atlanta: Atlanta festivals and Fourth of July weekend events | July 1-4

Celebrate America's independence this weekend with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race or check out one of the many festivals and fireworks displays in and around the metro area.

 FAIRS, FESTIVALS, ETC. 

The Dunwoody 4thof July Parade. Parade steps off at 9 a.m. July 4 at the intersection of Mount Vernon Road and Jett Ferry Road. www.dunwoodyga.org.

Decatur’s Pied Piper ParadeThe parade ends with a family-friendly event downtown on the square where all can settle-in and enjoy a fireworks show. Parade lineup at 5:30 p.m. July 4 at First Baptist Church of Decatur. The parade starts at 6 p.m. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and the fireworks begin after dark.   www.visitdecaturgeorgia.com.

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Chamblee 4th of July Celebration. Includes a bike parade, mini train rides, cornhole tournament, live music, food and fireworks. 5-10 p.m. July 4. Keswick Park, 3496 Keswick Dr, Chamblee. www.chambleega.com.

Fourth in the Park Celebration on Marietta Square. Parade begins at 10 a.m. July 4 at Roswell Street Baptist Church and travels west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square past Glover Park and the Square, down Cherokee Street and ends at North Marietta Parkway. There will be an arts and crafts show, free concerts, games and a fireworks show. www.mariettaga.gov.

4th of July Celebration at Centennial Olympic Park. Gates open at 6 p.m. July 4. J-Fly and other bands will perform. Fireworks begin around 9:45 p.m. Free. This year, Lenox Square is partnering with the park for its 4th of July celebration. So, while Lenox will still host the AJC Peachtree Road Race, there will be no fireworks at Lenox Square. We bet the show at Centennial will be bigger than ever. Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave, West N.W., Atlanta. centennialpark.com

RELATED: July 4th in Atlanta: A county-by-county guide to when, where to watch fireworks

Celebration at Stone Mountain ParkAttractions 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Lasershow and fireworks 9:30 p.m. July 1-4. Yes, there will be a Lasershow and fireworks each night. $15 daily parking. Adventure Pass: $28.95 for adults and $26.95 for children when purchased online. Lasershow and fireworks are free. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Dr, Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690, stonemountainpark.com.

Coca-Cola July 4th Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. July 2-4. $50.99-$52.99 when purchased online. More at the gate. Clck the link below for special admission info. Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Pkwy, Austell. 770-948-9290, www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race. This is the 48th year for our city’s famous 10k, drawing thousands of participants, volunteers and spectators to Atlanta. The course runs from Buckhead to Piedmont Park, with wheelchair racers starting at 6:43 a.m. and the main start at 7:30 a.m. in waves of racers. For more info, go to ajc.com/peachtree.

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Atlanta 4th of July Events & Festivals

Celebrate America's independence this weekend with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race or check out one of the many festivals and fireworks displays in and around the metro area.

 FAIRS, FESTIVALS, ETC. 

The Dunwoody 4thof July Parade. Parade steps off at 9 a.m. July 4 at the intersection of Mount Vernon Road and Jett Ferry Road. www.dunwoodyga.org.

Decatur’s Pied Piper Parade. The parade ends with a family-friendly event downtown on the square where all can settle-in and enjoy a fireworks show. Parade lineup at 5:30 p.m. July 4 at First Baptist Church of Decatur. The parade starts at 6 p.m. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and the fireworks begin after dark.   www.visitdecaturgeorgia.com.

Chamblee 4th of July Celebration. Includes a bike parade, mini train rides, cornhole tournament, live music, food and fireworks. 5-10 p.m. July 4. Keswick Park, 3496 Keswick Dr, Chamblee. www.chambleega.com.

Fourth in the Park Celebration on Marietta Square. Parade begins at 10 a.m. July 4 at Roswell Street Baptist Church and travels west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square past Glover Park and the Square, down Cherokee Street and ends at North Marietta Parkway. There will be an arts and crafts show, free concerts, games and a fireworks show. www.mariettaga.gov.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race. This is the 48th year for our city’s famous 10k, drawing thousands of participants, volunteers and spectators to Atlanta. The course runs from Buckhead to Piedmont Park, with wheelchair racers starting at 6:43 a.m. and the main start at 7:30 a.m. in waves of racers. For more info, go to ajc.com/peachtree.

FIREWORKS

Atlanta Braves and Gwinnett Braves fireworks. The Atlanta Braves will have fireworks at SunTrust Park Tuesday, July 4 following the game with the Houston Astros. The Gwinnett Braves will have fireworks at Coolray Field on July 4 following their game against the Norfolk Tides.

Lenox Square. This year, Lenox Square is partnering with Centennial Olympic Park for its 4th of July celebration. So, while Lenox will still host the AJC Peachtree Road Race, there will be no fireworks at Lenox Square. Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Rd. N.E., Atlanta. 404-233-6767, simon.com/mall/lenox-square

Star-Spangled Fourth at Mall of Georgia5 p.m. July 4. Free. Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Dr, N.E., Buford. 770-271-9458, simon.com/mall/mall-of-georgia.

Barrington Hall’s 3rd annual “BBQ & Bluegrass.” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4. Free. Barbecue, beverages and desserts will be available for purchase. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell, 770-640-3855, www.roswellgov.com.

Annual Roswell Fireworks Extravaganza. 5:30 p.m.-around 10 p.m. Kids zone, food trucks, live music and fireworks around 9:30 p.m. Front lawn of Roswell High School. 11595 King Road, Roswell. www.roswellgov.com.

Alpharetta 4th of July Fireworks: 6-9:30 p.m. Lots of stuff for kids to do, food, music, and fireworks around 9-9:30 p.m. Wills Park, 1825 Old Milton Parkway,  Alpharetta, 678-297-6130. www.awesomealpharetta.com.

Sparkle in the Park, Lilburn. 5:30 p.m - 10 p.m. Fireworks begin at around 9:30 p.m. July 4.  Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn. www.cityoflilburn.com.

July 4th Celebration on the Lawn. 7-10 p.m. July 4. Town Square, 4488 Pineview Drive, Powder Springs. www.cityofpowdersprings.org.

Red, White & Brew. 6:30-10 p.m.  July 1. $65 for non-members. $50 for members. Tickets include, beer, BBQ, aquarium admission and music. Oceans Ballroom, Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St N.W., Atlanta. www.georgiaaquarium.org.

4th of July Fireworks Hike. 8-10:30 p.m. July 2. $20; $5 parking. Watch Stone Mountain’s fireworks from the top of Panola Mountain (Stone Mountain will have a fireworks show each night July 1-4). Panola Mountain State Park, 2600 Ga. 155 S.W., Stockbridge. 770-389-7801, gastateparks.org/info/panolamt.

July 4th Beach Party Callaway Gardens. July 1-4. The FSU Flying High Circus will perform at 3:30 p.m. Live music starts at 5 p.m. July 1-3, 6 p.m. on July 4. No fireworks on July 2-3.  Fireworks will take place at 9:30 p.m. Day admission is $25-30 for those ages 13 and older, $15 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. Callaway Gardens, US Highway 27, Pine Mountain. 1-800-Callaway, www.callawaygardens.com.

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