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Release Date: 07.11.2013 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Atlanta Falcons Youth FOundation

Good Sports & Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation Donate $122,000 Worth of Fitness Equipment

Donations to 10 Youth Football Programs Will Expand Opportunities for 2,000 Youth

Good Sports, Inc. and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) have awarded $122,000 worth of athletic equipment to 20 community organizations working to improve youth fitness, reduce childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for Georgia’s youth.

The awards include equipment donations to 10 youth football programs serving 2,000 youth across Georgia. By providing new helmets, shoulder pads and other equipment, Good Sports and AFYF are expanding opportunities for safe participation in youth football this fall.

“Since joining forces in 2010, Good Sports and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation have worked toward the shared vision of providing every child in Georgia with the opportunity to be active, healthy, and happy,” said Melissa Harper, CEO, Good Sports. “Working collaboratively with AFYF has enabled us to reach increasing numbers of children across the state, giving them the essentials they need to get off the sidelines and play their favorite sports in safe, structured environments.”

“Through our partnership with Good Sports, we are able to donate everything from shoulder pads to tumbling mats, said John Bare, vice president of AFYF. “Every piece of equipment helps one more Georgia kid get into the game.”

Through an ongoing partnership, Good Sports and AFYF 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 December 1, 2013.

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

Since 2010, AFYF has leveraged $210,000 in AFYF grants to generate equipment donations worth $510,000, reaching 105 groups in 33 counties across Georgia. The donations have opened up new opportunities for 49,000 kids to be more physically active.

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: Boys & Girls Club of Hall County (Hall County)
Donated Equipment:
Shin Guards, Soccer Jerseys, Soccer Shorts, Soccer Balls, Soccer Cones, Coolers

Organization: Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta (Fulton County)
Donated Equipment:
Swim Goggles, Jump Ropes, Hula-Hoops, Swim Caps, Baseball Pants

Organization: Boys & Girls Club of Valdosta (Lowndes County)
Donated Equipment:
Football Helmets, Shoulder Pads

Organization: C.H.O.I.C.E.S. (Cobb County)
Donated Equipment:
Track Shoes, Running Shirts, Footballs, Basketball, Volleyballs

Organization: Carter G. Woodson Primary School (Fulton County)Donated Equipment: Shirts, Hula-Hoops, Footballs, Soccer Balls, Basketballs, T-Ball Bats, Shin Guards, Practice Goals

Organization: Coastal Outreach Soccer (Glynn County)
Donated Equipment:
Soccer Balls, Soccer Socks, Shin Guards, Corner Flags, Medical Kit

Organization: Forest Park Youth Football (Clayton County)
Donated Equipment:
Agility Ladder, Jump Rope, Mouth Guards, Shoulder Pads, Football Helmets, Cheerleading Warm-Ups

Organization: Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club (Chatham County)
Donated Equipment:
Football Helmets, Agility Ladder, Shoulder Pads, Equipment Bags, Cheerleading Warm-Ups

Organization: Giving Initiatives and Alternatives, Inc. (Douglas County)
Donated Equipment:
Boxing Gloves, Jump Rope, Footballs, Basketballs, Badminton, Volleyballs, Soccer Balls, Volleyball Net

Organization: Jenkins County Recreation Department (Jenkins County)
Donated Equipment:
Football Helmets, Shoulder Pads, Footballs, Mouth Guards, Water Bottles, Kick-Off Tees

Organization: KiDsGyM USA (Fulton County)
Donated Equipment:
Gymnastics Mats, Balance Beams

Organization: Macon County Recreation Department (Macon County)
Donated Equipment:
Shoulder Pads, Mouth Guards, Football Pants, Scorekeeper, Football Helmets

Organization: Mark Trail Athletic Association (DeKalb County)
Donated Equipment:
Batons, Megaphones, Long Jump Mat, Stopwatch, Discus Set, Agility Ladder, Shot-puts

Organization: Peach County Youth Association (Peach County)
Donated Equipment:
Football Helmets, Shoulder Pads, Water Bottles, Medicine Kit, Mouth Guards

Organization: Protégé Athletics Sports Systems (DeKalb County)
Donated Equipment:
Football Helmets

Organization: Riverside Residents Association (Fulton County)
Donated Equipment:
Soccer Balls, Shin Guards, Corner Flags, Mesh Shorts, Practice Goals, Soccer Shirts

Organization: South Georgia Pop Warner (Dougherty County)
Donated Equipment:
Football Helmets, Shoulder Pads, Football Jerseys, Cheerleading Warm-Ups

Organization: Toombs County Recreation Department (Toombs County)
Donated Equipment:
Football Helmets, Shoulder Pads, Football Pants

Organization: Waverly Hall Youth Sports Association, Inc. (Harris County)
Donated Equipment:
Agility Ladder, Medicine Balls, Water Cooler, Later Resistor, Resistance Harness

Organization: West Broad Street YMCA (Chatham County)
Donated Equipment:
Soccer Balls, Hula Hoops, Jump Ropes, Basketballs, Whistles, Medicine Kit, Water Cooler, Shin Guards

Contact Info

Contact Name: John Bare

Company: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Phone: 404.367.2062

E-mail: JBare@Falcons.NFL.com