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Release Date: 03.27.2013 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Good Sports & Falcons Youth Foundation Donate $100,000 Worth of Fitness Equipment

June 1 is Deadline for Next Round of Applications for Equipment Donations

Good Sports, Inc. and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) have awarded $100,000 worth of athletic equipment to 17 community organizations in working to improve youth fitness and promote healthy lifestyles for Georgia’s youth.

Good Sports partners with AFYF to provide equipment donations that increase opportunities for low-income youth to participate in regular physical activity. The application process is open to programs across the state.

Community organizations interested in applying can fill out an application on the Good Sports website, www.goodsports.org. The next deadline for applications is June 1st 2013.

Good Sports commits to providing at least $2 in equipment for every $1 of grant funding.

Since 2010, AFYF has leveraged $177,000 in grants to Good Sports to generate equipment donations worth $388,000 to 85 groups in 29 counties across Georgia, opening up new opportunities for 31,000 kids to be more physically active. For the most recent round of donations, AFYF received a record number of applications.

“Each year countless numbers of kids in Georgia are stuck on the sideline, unable to play because of the financial obstacles presented by equipment costs and participation fees,” said Melissa Harper, CEO, Good Sports. “The generosity of the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation enables us to access and serve more of these boys and girls and ensure they too have the opportunity to get in the game.”

“Through our partnership with Good Sports, we are able to donate everything from ballet barres to catcher’s masks, said John Bare, vice president of AFYF. “It is exciting to see so many communities removing barriers to participation for kids.”

Since Arthur Blank acquired the Atlanta Falcons in 2002, AFYF 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 to improve youth fitness and reduce childhood obesity. Working together, Good Sports and the AFYF will provide Georgia youth organizations with the equipment necessary to level the playing field for disadvantaged youth participating in physical activity.

Recipients from this equipment grant cycle include: 

Organization: Atlanta Police Athletic League (Fulton County)
Donated Equipment: Basketballs, Basketball nets, Stopwatches, Athletic shirts, Basketball sneakers, Baseball bats, Football Jerseys

Organization: Boys and Girls Club of Albany (Dougherty County)
Donated Equipment: Stopwatches, Water coolers, Volleyball nets, Volleyballs, Scrimmage vests, Cones, Basketball Jerseys

Organization: Boys and Girls Club of Central Georgia (Bibb County)
Donated Equipment: Catcher’s equipment, Baseball gloves, Baseball bats, Baseball helmets, Baseball jerseys, Jump ropes, Flag Football belts, Basketballs, Basketball jerseys, Athletic shorts, Girl’s running shirts, Football practice jerseys

Organization: Boys and Girls Club of CSRA (Richmond County)
Donated Equipment: Football game jerseys, Youth baseball bats

Organization: Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Georgia (Floyd County)
Donated Equipment: Football cleats

Organization: Cedar Shoals High School (Clarke County)
Donated Equipment: Plastic relay batons, Stopwatches, Men’s and women’s track and field singlets

Organization: ChasteKeepers (Fulton County)
Donated Equipment: Pedometers, Girls running shirts, Girls Basketball jerseys

Organization: Crisp County Recreation Department (Crisp County)
Donated Equipment: Football helmets, Shoulder pads, Football jerseys, Baseball bats

Organization: Dug Gap Elementary School (Whitfield County)
Donated Equipment: Tennis racquets, Tennis balls, Athletic shirts, Basketball jerseys

Organization: Favor House (Fulton County)
Donated Equipment: Jump ropes, Water bottles, Athletic shirts and shorts, Youth track and field shoes, Dumbbells, Girls running shirts

Organization: Fowler Drive Elementary School (Clarke County)
Donated Equipment: Footballs, Scrimmage vests, Jump ropes, Water coolers, Cones, Pedometers

Organization: Hilsman Middle School (Clarke County)
Donated Equipment: Men’s and women’s track and field singlets, Men’s and women’s track and field shoes, Shot-puts, Disces, Baseball bats, Football jerseys, Soccer balls

Organization: Moving in the Spirit (Fulton County)
Donated Equipment: Free standing ballet barres

Organization: Netball America (DeKalb County)
Donated Equipment: Jump ropes, Ball pumps, Cones, Hula-hoops, Ice packs, Stopwatches, Whistles, Water Coolers, Girl’s running shirts

Organization: Special Olympics of Georgia (Fulton County)
Donated Equipment: Basketballs, Softball bats, Baseball gloves, Tennis balls, Tennis raquets, Volleyballs, Flag football belts, Athletic shorts, Stopwatches, Cones, Girl’s running shirts

Organization: Starhouse Foundation (Cherokee County)
Donated Equipment: Jump ropes, Hula hoops, Stopwatches, Playground balls, Cones, Basketballs, First aid kits, Pedometers

Organization: Vine City Thunder (Fulton County)
Donated Equipment: Basketballs, Basketball jerseys, Girl’s running shirts


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. Learn more at www.AFYF.org.

Contact Info

Contact Name: John Bare

Company: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Phone: 404.367.2062

E-mail: JBare@Falcons.NFL.com