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Release Date: 02.22.2012 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Good Sports and Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation Donate $67,000 in Fitness Equipment

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle Joins AFYF in Call for Applications for Equipment Donations

Good Sports, Inc. and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) have awarded $67,000 worth of fitness and sports equipment to 16 community programs working to reduce childhood obesity and promote active lifestyles for Georgia’s youth.

The awards demonstrate the novel ways communities are engaging kids in physical activity, from yoga to jump rope to Pilates to hula hoops, alongside traditional team sports.

"I am proud to see AFYF and Good Sports help schools and communities move kids from sedentary to active lifestyles," said Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who leads the Lt. Governor’s Healthy Kids Georgia program to increase health and wellness programs in schools. "Not only does this affect kids' physical health, but it also impacts a child’s ability to perform in the classroom."

White Sulphur Elementary School in Hall County, a school committed to health and wellness, is among the organizations receiving fitness equipment in the current round of AFYF-Good Sports donations, including dumbbells, medicine balls, yoga mats and soccer balls. White Sulphur is a member of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program. The Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program supports more than 170 Georgia schools across 10 school districts in their efforts to get students and staff eating better and moving more. For more information, please visit http://www.HealthierGeneration.org.

"With these equipment donations, creative leaders in communities across Georgia, from Rome to Brunswick to Dawson, are finding new ways to move young people from sedentary to active lifestyles," said John Bare, vice president of AFYF. "When a lack of equipment is a barrier to participation, we can help solve the problem."

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 58 groups in 23 counties across Georgia since launching their partnership in 2009.

In all, the donations have opened up new opportunities for 16,800 kids to be more physically active. Through the partnership, AFYF has leveraged $100,000 in grants to Good Sports to generate equipment donations worth $239,000.

AFYF is inviting applications for a new round of Good Sports donations this year. Nonprofit organizations, parks and recreation departments, schools or other community groups may apply through the Good Sports web site (http://www.goodsports.org/). The deadline for applications is June 1, 2012.

"Good Sports is excited to continue our partnership with the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation to provide the equipment necessary for kids across Georgia to get the physical activity they need," said Melissa Harper, CEO of Good Sports. "While we are proud of all that we have accomplished so far, there are still thousands of kids who need our support."

Spring 2012 Good Sports – AFYF Equipment Donations

Organization: Boys & Girls Club of Augusta (Richmond County)

Donated Equipment: Basketballs, Reversible Mesh Jerseys, Mesh Shorts

Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta – Cheerleading Program (Fulton County)

Donated Equipment: Cheerleading Tops, Cheerleading Skirts, Pom-poms

Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta – Fitness Program (Fulton County)

Donated Equipment: Basketballs, Jump Ropes, Pilates Equipment, Fold-up Sports Goals, Hula Hoops

Organization: Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Georgia (Floyd County)

Donated Equipment: Football Cleats

Organization: Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia (Glynn County)

Donated Equipment: Baseball Bats, Baseball Jerseys, Baseball Pants, Sweatshirts, Reversible Basketball Jerseys, Mesh Shorts

Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Empire (Chatham County)

Donated Equipment: Jump Ropes, Floor Hockey Set, Playground Balls, Pinnies, Stopwatches, Fold-up Sports Goals, Basketballs, Tabletop Scoreboard

Organization: Chastity House (Fulton County)

Donated Equipment: Pedometers

Organization: Feed Center Outreach Ministry (Peach County)

Donated Equipment: Footballs, Baseball Bats, Softball Bats, Reversible Basketball Jerseys

Organization: Investment Atlanta (Fulton County)

Donated Equipment: Reversible Basketball Jerseys, Mesh Shorts, Basketballs

Organization: Jeff Davis Youth Center (Jeff Davis County)

Donated Equipment: Sweatshirts, Pullover Jackets, Warm-up Jackets, Reversible Basketball Jerseys, Mesh Shorts, Basketballs, Softball Bats

Organization: Mark Trail Athletic Association (DeKalb County)

Donated Equipment: Starting Blocks, Hurdles, Relay Batons, Sweatshirts, Pilates Equipment, Exercise Balls, Pullover Jackets

Organization: New Life Say Yes! Center (Fulton County)

Donated Equipment: Dumbbells, Medicine Balls, Weighted Bars, Defibrillator, Weight Storage Racks, Folding Mats, Exercise Steps, Pedometers, Stopwatches

Organization: Streams of Hope Foundation (Meriwether County)

Donated Equipment: Hula Hoops

Organization: Terrell County Recreation Department

Donated Equipment: Baseball Catcher’s Gear, Catcher’s Mitts

Organization: West Broad Street YMCA (Chatham County)

Donated Equipment: Shin Guards, Soccer Jerseys, Shorts, Soccer Balls, Cleats, Goalie Gloves

Organization: White Sulphur Elementary School Wellness Program (Hall County)

Donated Equipment: Dumbbells, Medicine Balls, Yoga Mats, Stability Balls, Soccer Balls, Basketballs, Pedometers



About Good Sports:

Good Sports helps to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. Since 2003, Good Sports has distributed over $6 million worth of equipment to over 350,000 kids.

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