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Release Date: 06.01.2011 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation Brings Tennis to More than 1,000 Kids

PGA TOUR Superstore, AFYF co-sponsoring 3rd Annual Atlanta Circle Cup Event at Washington Park on June 9

The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) has made a $9,000 grant to enable more than 1,000 kids to participate in the Georgia Tennis Foundation’s after-school and summer tennis programs.

In partnership with the PGA TOUR Superstore, AFYF also is co-sponsoring the Georgia Tennis Foundation’s 3rd Atlanta Circle Cup at Washington Park on June 9 (10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.). The event kicks off the summer tennis season and celebrates the rich tennis history at Washington Park.

"We are thrilled to team up with Georgia Tennis Foundation to help so many kids adopt healthy, active lifestyles through tennis," said Penelope McPhee, president of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, of which AFYF is an affiliated fund.

Built in 1919, Washington Park was the city’s first park for African-Americans. The park’s tennis center was home to local stars such as Horace Reid and Scoville Jenkins and hosted Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson for exhibitions.

AFYF and the Blank Family of Businesses have made a long-term commitment to the park by adopting a quarter-mile section of the BeltLine that runs alongside the tennis center. Volunteers devote time year-round to the BeltLine’s upkeep and maintenance.

The grant is part of AFYF’s ongoing commitment to improving youth fitness and reducing childhood obesity. Georgia Tennis Foundation will provide programming to youth at the Georgia Mountains YMCA in Gainesville, the Butler Street YMCA and the Arthur M. Blank Family Youth YMCA.

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.

About Georgia Tennis Foundation:
Founded in 1983, the Georgia Tennis Foundation seeks to grow and enhance tennis in the state of Georgia by providing community tennis programs with an emphasis on youth development. Through its YMCA Tennis Georgia program, the Georgia Tennis Foundation is serving 9,000 youth at more than 42 YMCA sites across the state. In partnership with Life University, USTA Georgia and Universal Tennis Academy, the Georgia Tennis Foundation is hosting the 3rd Annual Atlanta Circle Cup on June 9. The event serves to motivate and excite children to learn how to play tennis and to highlight the rich history of tennis at Washington Park Tennis Center.

Contact Info

Contact Name: John Bare

Company: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Phone: 404.367.2062