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Release Date: 12.07.2012 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation Awards $450,000 in Youth Fitness Grants

Investments Boost Innovative Youth Programs in Atlanta and Hall County

The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) announced today it has awarded grants to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County and After-School All-Stars Atlanta to improve youth fitness and increase access to healthy food for youth.

With a three-year, $400,000 grant, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County will expand its Falcons Fitness Zone programming to serve 4,400 young people during the school day and during after-school hours and summers.

The Clubs will partner with five elementary schools to strengthen P.E. classes in support of Governor Nathan Deal’s Georgia SHAPE initiative, including administration of the annual Fitnessgram assessments that test students’ strength, flexibility and aerobic capacity.

AFYF has awarded $50,000 to After-School All-Stars Atlanta to expand its innovative gardening program to 15 after-school sites. Through Choosing Health Experiencing Wellness, or “Project CHEW,” the All-Stars will reach 1,200 students middle schools, City of Atlanta recreation centers and the City of Refuge.

By engaging middle school students in gardening, Project CHEW increases access to fresh fruits and vegetables and helps teachers deliver science education in after-schools settings. Project CHEW will also train 15 college graduate students to help deliver the program.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County and After-School All-Stars Atlanta provide young people with life changing experiences,” said John Bare, vice president of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, of which the Falcons Youth Foundation is an affiliated fund. “Both organizations refuse to settle for the status quo and find creative ways for young people to improve their physical fitness.”

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 $18 million in grants to nonprofit organizations across the state of Georgia. For more information, visit www.AFYF.org.

Contact Info

Contact Name: John Bare

Company: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Phone: 404-367-2062

E-mail: JBare@Falcons.NFL.com