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Release Date: 03.25.2014 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Falcons Youth Foundation Awards $750,000 Grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta

The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) has awarded a four-year, $750,000 grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta to deliver healthy lifestyles programming to 1,400 youth at five Falcons Fitness Zone Clubs.

At the John H. Harland, Warren/Holyfield, W. W. Woolfolk, Samuel L. Jones and George Washington Carver Boys & Girls Club sites,  experienced staff will engage youth in physical activity five days a week, deliver nutrition education and track fitness levels through regular FitnessGram assessments.

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta is giving thousands of Atlanta young people fun, healthy choices,” said John Bare, vice president of AFYF, which is an affiliated fund of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. “By removing barriers to participation, the Clubs are giving more kids a chance to get into the game.”

The healthy hifestyles programming will include basketball, swimming, baseball, softball, flag football, dance and Soccer for Success, which is delivered in partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

Through a Teen Ambassador program, club members will take on leadership roles to improve the health and nutrition at the sites.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation,” said Missy Dugan, president & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. “With AFYF support, we are able to teach thousands of kids and teens that eating right and staying active can be fun. Through our shared vision, we are helping Atlanta youth build healthy habits now they will use for years to come.

 

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.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta: Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta’s mission is to save and change the lives of children and teens, especially those who need us most, by providing a safe, positive and engaging environment and programs that prepare and inspire them to achieve Great Futures. Through 27 Clubs in 10 metro counties, trained and professional staff serve more than 3,500 youth (ages 6-18) daily through programs that foster academic success, healthy lifestyles and character and leadership development. BGCMA also oversees Camp Kiwanis, a 160-acre outdoor residence camp, and the Youth Art Connection (YAC), a gallery and workspace for young artists. While the cost to effectively serve those who need us most is more than $4,000 per member, BGCMA asks families to pay only a $50 annual membership fee and no child is turned away due to inability to pay. For more information, please visit www.bgcma.org.

Contact Info

Contact Name: John Bare

Company: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Phone: (404) 367-2062

E-mail: JBare@Falcons.NFL.com