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Release Date: 08.04.2011 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Good Sports & Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation Donate $62,000 in Equipment to 23 GA Groups

New Applications Accepted Through December 1, 2011

Good Sports, Inc. and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) have awarded $62,000 worth of athletic equipment to 23 community organizations working to reduce childhood obesity and promote active lifestyles for Georgia’s youth.

"We are teaming up with Good Sports to give more children a chance to be active for 60 minutes every day," said John Bare, vice president of AFYF. "To help every child in Georgia get a chance to Play 60, it’s critical to supply equipment that removes barriers to participation."

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 and AFYF have now provided equipment donations to 45 groups in 19 counties across Georgia, providing 11,500 kids opportunities to be physically active. With $75,000 in funding from AFYF since 2009, Good Sports has generated equipment donations valued at $175,000.

AFYF is supporting a new round of Good Sports donations in early 2012. The application process is open to groups across the state. Groups may apply through the Good Sports web site ( The deadline for applications is December 1, 2011.

"We are excited to kick off our second year of equipment grants with the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation and impact the programs that are really making a difference in the lives of children throughout the state of Georgia," said Melissa Harper, CEO of Good Sports. "These donations will create new and more affordable athletic opportunities that will help move scores of 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 $5.7 million worth of equipment to over 300,000 kids.

Fall 2011 Good Sports – AFYF Equipment Donations

Organization: First Tee of Atlanta (Fulton County)

Donated Equipment: Golf Mats, Golf Nets

Organization: Alapaha Tutoring Center (Berrien County)

Donated Equipment: Portable Basketball Hoops

Organization: Athletes on the Rise (Fulton County)

Donated Equipment: Baseball Base Sets, Softballs, T-Balls, Batting Tees, Softball Bats, Jump Ropes, Basketballs, Womens Sleeveless Tops, Flag/Vest Sets, Water Coolers, Inflating Ball Pumps

Organization: Center for Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully (Cobb County)

Donated Equipment: Frisbees, Hula Hoops, Unisex Pullovers, Basketball Warm-ups, Jump Ropes

Organization: City of Refuge (Fulton County)

Donated Equipment: Long Sleeve Polos, Womens Sleeveless Tops, Jackets, Adult Mock T-Necks, Sweatshirts

Organization: East Baker Historical Society (Baker County)

Donated Equipment: Basketball Sneakers, Sweatshirts

Organization: East Hall Middle School (Hall County)

Donated Equipment: Helmets, Shoulder Pads, Girdles, Football Pants, Scrimmage Vests, Ball Pumps, Football Cleats, 45cm Stability Balls

Organization: Forest Park Youth Football (Clayton County)

Donated Equipment: Football Cleats

Organization: Girls Inc. of Albany (Dougherty County)

Donated Equipment: Hula Hoops, Whistles, Soccer Balls, Volleyballs, Jump Ropes, Playground Balls, Double Dutch Ropes, Water Coolers, Ice Packs

Organization: Glenwood Shoal Creek Bengals (DeKalb County)

Donated Equipment: Football Jerseys

Organization: Hapeville Hornets (Fulton County)

Donated Equipment: 7-piece sets, Football Cleats

Organization: Inspiring Bodyworks (Fulton County)

Donated Equipment: Pilates Fitness Bands, Stretch & Toning Pilates Balls, Jump Ropes, Kickballs, Pilates 4-way Ab Stretch, Men’s Track Shorts, Women’s Track Shorts

Organization: In Time of Need (Fulton County)

Donated Equipment: Basketballs

Organization: Metro Atlantic Youth Network (DeKalb County)

Donated Equipment: Shoulder Pads, Football Cleats

Organization: Macon County Parks and Recreation (Macon County)

Donated Equipment: Baseball Helmets

Organization: P.A.S.S., Inc. (DeKalb County)

Donated Equipment: Football Helmets

Organization: Soccer in the Streets (DeKalb County)

Donated Equipment: Soccer Uniforms

Organization: Southeast Youth Development Academies (Glynn County)

Donated Equipment: Shin Guards, Soccer Cleats

Organization: Southside Tubman YMCA (Richmond County)

Donated Equipment: Water Coolers, Kickballs, Team Basketball Warmups, Team Unisex Pullovers

Organization: Spalding County Parks & Recreation (Spalding County)

Donated Equipment: Shoulder Pads

Organization: Terrell County Recreation Department (Terrell County)

Donated Equipment: Shoulder Pads

Organization: Whitesburg Elementary (Carroll County)

Donated Equipment: Floor Hockey Goals, Baseballs, Helmets, Baseball Gloves, Soccer Balls

Organization: Youth Connections Inc. (Fulton County)

Donated Equipment: Basketballs, Footballs, Baseballs, Baseball Bats, Batting Helmets, Bases

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