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Release Date: 06.07.2011 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation Sends Students Mountain Biking

The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) has made a $6,000 grant to provide middle school students in the After-School All-Stars summer academy with a series of mountain bike experiences.

In partnership with the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association’s (SORBA) Trips for Kids program, the Atlanta After-School All-Stars will take students from Brown Middle School on a series of six mountain bike rides in June and July. The grant is part of AFYF’s ongoing commitment, in partnership with the NFL Play 60 campaign, to improve youth fitness and reduce childhood obesity in Georgia. This is the second summer AFYF has funded the program.

"One of the best places for kids to sharpen their bodies and their minds is on two wheels conquering the challenge of climbing a steep hill," said Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff, an avid mountain biker. "This kind of activity gets kids excited and motivated to be active 60 minutes every day."

The rides start on Friday, June 10th at Gainesville State College Trails and run from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Students will ride the beginner loop, a rocky, rooty, twisty course with hills. The rides will include safety instruction, trail etiquette and learning how to maneuver tight corners and through creeks.

"Kids and bikes go together naturally," said Collier Cato, SORBA’s Trips for Kids director. "Combine that with a day riding on dirt and enjoying the outdoors, and you have a win-win. Kids love it, and our volunteer ride leaders love it. We all take great satisfaction in seeing the smiles on the children’s faces as they accept challenges, master skills and have a blast."

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 the Atlanta After-School All-Stars:
The Atlanta After-School All-Stars offers a proven alternative for middle school children, engaging them in activities and ongoing positive relationships that increase confidence and encourage success in all areas of their lives – at home, in school and in the community. The organization provides comprehensive out-of-school programs and activities that are fun for kids, keep them safe, and help them achieve success in school and life.

About the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association:
SORBA is a member-based, nonprofit organization devoted to promoting land access, trail preservation and new trail development in order to enhance mountain bike touring, racing, fun, and fellowship for all mountain bicyclists in the southeastern United States.

Contact Info

Contact Name: John Bare

Company: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Phone: 404.367.2062