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Release Date: 04.04.2011 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation Awards $553,600 in Grants to Combat Childhood Obesity

The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) announced today it has awarded $553,600 to nine nonprofit organizations working to reduce childhood obesity among Georgia's schoolchildren.

The investments include a two-year $250,000 award to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta to provide physical activities to approximately 1,200 kids at six club sites in neighborhoods AFYF has designated as Falcons Fitness Zones. The clubs engage kids in swimming, dance, HOPSports, flag football and other activities and will use the new grant to test Saturday programming.

"It is exciting to see so many groups working together to give Georgia children a chance to play every day," said Penelope McPhee, president of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, of which the Falcons Youth Foundation is an affiliated fund. "Kids who are physically active every day build better bodies and stronger minds."

The Falcons Youth Foundation's latest round of grants also includes awards to:

Morehouse School of Medicine

$150,000 over three years (years two and three contingent on a $50,000 match each year) to deliver health and wellness services to students, parents, teachers and school staff through six APS schools located in Vine City and the area Morehouse School of Medicine has designated for Promise Neighborhood interventions.

Phoenix Boys Association, Inc.

$105,000 over three years to launch a new chapter providing health, education and leadership skills to young men from single-parent families in the Vine City/Boone Blvd. corridor. The program will serve 60-80 young men year-round.

Kids & Pros

$18,000 (contingent on a 1:1 match) to provide scholarships for kids from Fitness Zone grantee organizations to attend Kids & Pros’ summer 2011 football and cheerleading camp and spring/fall character development programs. The program will serve 400-600 kids.

Moving in the Spirit

$15,000 for the Stepping Stones introductory dance program, reaching 150 kids ages 3-18 in Fitness Zone neighborhoods during the school year.

Atlanta After-School All-Stars

$5,800 to introduce "Project Choosing Health and Experiencing Wellness" at Crawford Long Middle School, featuring an organic edible school garden, a fresh produce station within the cafeteria, and a nutrition education program.

East Point Velodrome Association

$5,000 for coaching and equipment needs for the Bicycle Little League Youth Cycling Program, which serves 1,076 elementary, middle school and high school students during the year.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

$2,500 to provide scholarships for a four-person team from APS to attend the CDC’s Urban Physical Education Leadership Summit in New York.

GA Action for Healthy Kids

$2,300 to provide electronic content to 150 teachers at the March 18-19 GA School Wellness Summit, which aims to increase participants’ understanding of the connection between physical fitness and academic performance.

About The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation:
Investing across Georgia, the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation helps nonprofit organizations reduce childhood obesity and improve youth fitness. The foundation was established in 1985 to serve as the philanthropic arm of the Atlanta Falcons. Since Arthur Blank acquired the Atlanta Falcons in 2002, the foundation has grown to be the largest owner-funded foundation in the National Football League, providing more than $17 million in grants to nonprofit organizations across the state of Georgia.

Contact Info

Contact Name: John Bare

Company: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Phone: 404.367.2062