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Release Date: 04.14.2011 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Good Sports and Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation Donate $60,000 in Equipment to GA Groups

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle Joins AFYF in Call for Applications for New Rounds of Equipment Donations in 2011-12

Good Sports, Inc. and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) have awarded $60,000 worth of athletic equipment to 17 community organizations working to reduce childhood obesity, increase youth fitness and promote healthy lifestyles for Georgia’s youth.

"I am proud to see the great strides by AFYF and Good Sports, Inc. to truly make an impact on our youth. One out of every three children in Georgia suffers from obesity," said Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who has launched the Lt. Governor’s Healthy Kids Georgia to increase health and wellness programs in schools. "Not only does this affect kids' physical health, but it also impacts a child's self-esteem, leading to greater troubles in the future."

Troubled by the growing problem of childhood obesity, Cagle is partnering with AFYF and Good Sports to issue a call for community groups across Georgia to submit applications for equipment donation grants.

With new $50,000 grant to Good Sports, AFYF is funding donations in Fall 2011 and Spring 2012. The application process is open to groups across the state. Community organizations may apply through the Good Sports web site (http://www.goodsports.org/equipmentgrants.html). The deadline for applications is June 15, 2011.

Good Sports is partnering with AFYF to provide statewide equipment donations that increase opportunities for low-income youth to participate in regular physical activity. By leveraging equipment donations and discounts, Good Sports is able to provide $2 in equipment for every $1 of grant funding.

With the new donations announced today, Good Sports has now provided equipment donations to 32 groups in 16 counties across Georgia, providing 7,682 kids opportunities to be physically active. With an initial $50,000 grant award from AFYF in 2009, Good Sports has generated equipment donations valued at $113,000.

"We are thrilled to team up once again with the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation to provide kids in Georgia the opportunity to play the sports and games they love," said Melissa Harper, CEO of Good Sports. "By providing equipment that removes barriers to participation, we can help move more children from sedentary to active lifestyles."

Good Sports is a non-profit organization that partners with sporting goods manufacturers to distribute equipment, apparel and footwear to youth programs serving underprivileged children. Since 2003, Good Sports has distributed $5.3 million worth of equipment to over 300,000 kids.

"The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation is thrilled to help so many Georgia communities pursue innovative ways to increase kids’ participation in physical activity," said John Bare, vice president of AFYF. "Getting kids up and moving for at least 60 minutes a day is critical to their health, happiness and success at school."

Spring 2011 Good Sports – AFYF Equipment Donations

Organization: Ash Street School (Forest Park)

Donated Equipment: Mats, Hula Hoops, Frisbees, Scrimmage Vests, Stopwatches, Whistles First Aid Kit, Duffle Bags, Mesh Ball Carriers, Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Footballs, Playground Balls

Organization: Best Academy High School (Atlanta)

Donated Equipment: Tennis Racquets, Tennis Balls, Medicine Balls, Jump Ropes, Circuit Steps, Plyometric Box Set

Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta

Donated Equipment: Baseball Gloves, Catcher’s Equipment, Catcher’s Mitts, Batting Helmets, Bats

Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County

Donated Equipment: Soccer Jerseys

Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta

Donated Equipment: Numbered Pinnies, Portable Soccer Goals, Cones, Training Ladders

Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia (Brunswick)

Donated Equipment: Basketballs, Jerseys

Organization: Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Empire (Savannah)

Donated Equipment: Catcher’s Equipment, Catcher’s Mitts, Gloves, Leg Guards

Organization: Jenkins County Recreation Department

Donated Equipment: Helmets, Shoulder Pads

Organization: Johnson County Recreation Department

Donated Equipment: Bats, Catcher’s Equipment, Catcher’s Mitts, Bats, Helmets, Batting Tees

Organization: KidsGym USA (College Park)

Donated Equipment: Tumbling Mats

Organization: Macon County Parks and Recreation

Donated Equipment: Bats, Catcher’s Equipment, Catcher’s Helmets, Catcher’s Mitts, Baseballs

Organization: Metro Atlanta Jr. Braves Baseball Academy

Donated Equipment: Bats, Gloves, Catcher’s Mitts, Batting Tees

Organization: Newnan Youth Association

Donated Equipment: Gloves, Catcher’s Equipment, Bats, Batting Tees, Helmets

Organization: Special Olympics Georgia (Atlanta)

Donated Equipment: Batting Helmets, Gloves, Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Shin Guards, Equipment Bag, Bocce Sets, Bats, Catcher’s Leg Guards, Softballs

Organization: Terrell County Recreation Department

Donated Equipment: Shin Guards, Goalie Gloves, Goals, Soccer Balls, Water Coolers

Organization: The Cool Girls (Atlanta)

Donated Equipment: Swim Goggles, Basketballs, Hula Hoops, Jump Ropes, Water Bottles

Organization: West Broad Street YMCA (Savannah)

Donated Equipment: Stability Balls, T-Balls, Soccer Balls, Baseball Gloves, Soccer Goals, Pinnies



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

E-mail: jbare@ambfo.com