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Local woman featured in recent Sports Illustrated online article

by Tom Joyce

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Former Mount Airy resident Kendra Clabo holds her adopted niece Allisa, while her husband, NFL lineman Tyson Clabo, cradles nephew Ethan.

The adoption of two children in a troubled situation by a woman from Mount Airy and her husband who plays in the National Football League is gaining national attention.

Their story was posted Tuesday afternoon on SI.com, the online version of Sports Illustrated magazine.

It focuses on how Kendra Clabo, 27, the former Kendra Garaventa of Mount Airy, and her husband Tyson — a starting offensive lineman for the playoff-bound Atlanta Falcons — adopted the young son and daughter of his only brother.

Drug and legal issues faced by the children’s parents were prompting social services officials to place the children in foster care — until the recently married Clabo couple intervened and welcomed the kids into their home.

“As a mom, it was very touching to me that Kendra and Tyson, at such a young age, took on such a responsibility,” Kendra’s mother, Teresa Lewis of Mount Airy, said Tuesday of their adoption decision. At the time, Tyson Clabo’s niece Allisa was 3 and his nephew Ethan, 2.

The human-interest story earlier appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and when reading it “I could feel a little bit of tears coming on,” Lewis said, describing it as the kind of situation that could easily happen in “Mayberry.”

Before being married in early 2010, Kendra Clabo was living in Mount Airy and had a job with her mother’s company, Workforce Carolina. She is now a stay-at-home mom in the Atlanta area not far from the Falcons’ training facility in Flowery Branch.

“She still helps us out from Atlanta with some special projects,” Lewis said of her daughter, whose bilingual abilities have been a plus for the company. Kendra is a graduate of Mount Airy High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The SI.com article that first appeared on Tuesday afternoon, written by Sports Illustrated reporter Jim Trotter, details the lifestyle changes the young couple has had to undergo because of the adoption.

“I told Kendra a long time ago that she’ll give a lot (to the children),” Lewis said, “but they will give so much more to her.”

The Web site article, which Lewis hopes eventually will appear in Sports Illustrated’s print edition, also focuses on how Clabo, despite the energy required by his newfound fatherhood, has managed be a significant factor in the Falcons’ success.

The team has achieved a 13-3 record this year and landed in the playoffs as a top seed. Atlanta’s first postseason game will be Saturday night at home against the Green Bay Packers.

Clabo, a six-year NFL veteran who is from Knoxville, Tenn., and played his college ball at Wake Forest University, is “precious,” Lewis said of a man who is 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 331 pounds. While he can be a ferocious pass and run blocker on the field, Clabo is “just a teddy bear” in his personal life, his mother-in-law said.

The Clabos likely will be visiting Mount Airy later this winter, according to Lewis. “They usually come a week or two after his season is over,” she said.

In the meantime, there’s still a bit of business to take care of on the gridiron.

“We’re hoping that he will be in Dallas pretty soon,” Lewis said of her son-in-law’s possible appearance at this year’s Super Bowl in that city.

“If he goes to the Super Bowl, I’ll be there.”

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by Tom Joyce

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Former Mount Airy resident Kendra Clabo holds her adopted niece Allisa, while her husband, NFL lineman Tyson Clabo, cradles nephew Ethan.

The adoption of two children in a troubled situation by a woman from Mount Airy and her husband who plays in the National Football League is gaining national attention.

Their story was posted Tuesday afternoon on SI.com, the online version of Sports Illustrated magazine.

It focuses on how Kendra Clabo, 27, the former Kendra Garaventa of Mount Airy, and her husband Tyson — a starting offensive lineman for the playoff-bound Atlanta Falcons — adopted the young son and daughter of his only brother.

Drug and legal issues faced by the children’s parents were prompting social services officials to place the children in foster care — until the recently married Clabo couple intervened and welcomed the kids into their home.

“As a mom, it was very touching to me that Kendra and Tyson, at such a young age, took on such a responsibility,” Kendra’s mother, Teresa Lewis of Mount Airy, said Tuesday of their adoption decision. At the time, Tyson Clabo’s niece Allisa was 3 and his nephew Ethan, 2.

The human-interest story earlier appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and when reading it “I could feel a little bit of tears coming on,” Lewis said, describing it as the kind of situation that could easily happen in “Mayberry.”

Before being married in early 2010, Kendra Clabo was living in Mount Airy and had a job with her mother’s company, Workforce Carolina. She is now a stay-at-home mom in the Atlanta area not far from the Falcons’ training facility in Flowery Branch.

“She still helps us out from Atlanta with some special projects,” Lewis said of her daughter, whose bilingual abilities have been a plus for the company. Kendra is a graduate of Mount Airy High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The SI.com article that first appeared on Tuesday afternoon, written by Sports Illustrated reporter Jim Trotter, details the lifestyle changes the young couple has had to undergo because of the adoption.

“I told Kendra a long time ago that she’ll give a lot (to the children),” Lewis said, “but they will give so much more to her.”

The Web site article, which Lewis hopes eventually will appear in Sports Illustrated’s print edition, also focuses on how Clabo, despite the energy required by his newfound fatherhood, has managed be a significant factor in the Falcons’ success.

The team has achieved a 13-3 record this year and landed in the playoffs as a top seed. Atlanta’s first postseason game will be Saturday night at home against the Green Bay Packers.

Clabo, a six-year NFL veteran who is from Knoxville, Tenn., and played his college ball at Wake Forest University, is “precious,” Lewis said of a man who is 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 331 pounds. While he can be a ferocious pass and run blocker on the field, Clabo is “just a teddy bear” in his personal life, his mother-in-law said.

The Clabos likely will be visiting Mount Airy later this winter, according to Lewis. “They usually come a week or two after his season is over,” she said.

In the meantime, there’s still a bit of business to take care of on the gridiron.

“We’re hoping that he will be in Dallas pretty soon,” Lewis said of her son-in-law’s possible appearance at this year’s Super Bowl in that city.

“If he goes to the Super Bowl, I’ll be there.”

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Great story!!

This is just the type of character the Falcons want in their players.

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