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Release Date: 05.22.2013 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation Awards $467,000 in Grants to Improve Youth Fitness

The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) announced today it has awarded $467,000 to 14 programs that increase access to affordable, healthy food for Georgia families and increase the time kids spend in physical activity.

“We are thrilled to invest in community leaders rising up to improve youth fitness,” said John Bare, vice president of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, of which AFYF is an affiliated fund. “With our partners coming together to form a network focused on food access, there will be a greater collective impact.”

Six of the projects will give Atlanta families greater access to healthy, affordable food.

With an $85,000 grant, the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture will expand its Wheat Street Garden in the Old Fourth Ward and create the Elm Street Garden in English Avenue. The urban farms provide naturally grown, chemical-free fruits and vegetables to Atlanta families.

Truly Living Well is also partnering with the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Captain Planet Foundation ($16,000 grant) to manage 52 school gardens in Atlanta, Cobb and Gwinnett school systems. Fruits and vegetables harvested from the gardens will be donated to families served by the Food Bank.

Quality Care for Children is receiving a $35,000 grant to deliver more than 90,000 summer meals to 1,100 Atlanta youth during nine weeks of summer programs. As part of the No Kid Hungry Campaign, Quality Care for Children is ensuring that school-age kids receive nutritious breakfast and lunch options when school is not in session.

A $25,000 award is enabling the Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market Program to deliver nutritional education and distribute at least 16,000 pounds of locally grown fruits and vegetables to more than 2,000 residents. Fulton Fresh brings easy, healthy choices to neighborhoods not served by grocery stores or farmers markets.

As part of its Nutrition Prescription Program, the HEALing Community Center ($22,100 grant) will host at least 16 healthy cooking classes and medical screening events in Westside neighborhoods. The program helps patients use food to reduce rates of chronic diseases, and HEALing Community Center is partnering with food retailers to promote healthy choices and teach cooking classes.

Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs ($16,000 grant) is providing technical assistance to help Boxcar Grocer establish an EBT system, deliver cooking classes and increase neighborhood outreach to families seeking healthy choices.

Six of the grant awards will increase the time school-age youth spend in physical activity.

With a $66,500 grant, Kids & Pros will deliver sports camps and clinics for Atlanta youth and provide Heads Up Football training to youth coaches, parents and players. Buddy Curry, founder of Kids & Pros, played for the Atlanta Falcons and has been selected by the National Football League as a Master Trainer for the new Heads Up Football program.

AFYF has awarded a $72,000 grant over two years to Good Sports, which will provide at least $144,000 worth of fitness and sports equipment to groups seeking to remove barriers to youth participation. The equipment donations will touch at least 10,500 youth across Georgia.

With a $25,000 grant, Moving in the Spirit will undertake serve youth through Stepping Stones, which introduces children ages 3-18 to the art and discipline of dance. The organization is also launching a strategic planning process to arrive at ways to meet the increased demand for dance programming.

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition ($9,400 grant) will disseminate a new bike-share feasibility study (which AFYF funded in 2012) and build support for a new bike-share program, which will increase access to cycling along Atlanta’s BeltLine.

The East Point Velodrome ($5,000 grant) will engage at least 90 school-age youth in its Youth Cycling League. Located in an East Point park, the velodrome offers increased opportunities for competitive and recreational cycling.

The Georgia Tennis Foundation ($5,000 grant) will deliver summer and after-school tennis programs to youth in Atlanta and Gainesville.

Two of the grants will strengthen capacity in communities seeking creative ways to improve youth fitness.

A three-year, $75,000 grant to Georgia Family Connection Partnership will provide training and technical assistance for a network of six Georgia counties working together to reduce childhood obesity and improve grade-level reading.

Giving Point ($10,000 grant) will educate 500 Atlanta students through new online content promoting healthy lifestyles and to provide service-learning experiences to more than 200 students working on physical activity and food access projects. Giving Point will partner with Washington High School to develop service-learning opportunities for students from Westside neighborhoods.

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 $20 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