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Release Date: 04.13.2016 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation Awards $900,000 in Grants to Improve Youth Fitness

The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) has awarded more than $900,000 in grants to 10 organizations leading innovations that increase time Georgia youth spend in physical activity and expand access to affordable, healthy food.

The grants extend AFYF’s commitment to improve youth fitness. In partnership with Georgia Shape, Governor Deal’s initiative to reduce childhood obesity, AFYF reaches more than 1 million students statewide. The current grants focus on a critical need identified by Georgia Shape: aerobic fitness levels among girls.

With a four-year, $387,000 grant, After-School All-Stars Atlanta will deliver nutrition and physical fitness activities to more than 2,000 middle school youth enrolled in after-school and summer programs at 15 sites across Atlanta. In partnership with Urban Perform, After-School All-Stars will provide fitness programming designed specifically for girls.

“After-School All-Stars has found the right formula, delivering fitness programs created by girls for girls,” said John Bare, vice president of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, which administers AFYF grant making. “Improving aerobic fitness prepares students for success in the classroom and in the community.”

Four additional grants will deepen AFYF’s commitment to programming designed to engage girls and young women.

  • $10,000 to the Georgia Tennis Foundation to expand the First Serve Tennis Initiative to at least three sites focusing on expanding participation among middle school girls.
  • $10,000 to KiDsGyM to deliver the Flippin' for Life gymnastics prrogram to 100 campers ages 5-13 at City of Atlanta Centers of Hope during the 8 weeks of summer programming.
  • $10,000 to 411 Brand Foundation for the dance program serving 150 youth ages 9-15 at the Grove Park Rec Center and Carver Boys & Girls Club.
  • $10,000 to D’AIR for aerial dance classes.

In addition, a $300,000 grant will enable the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County to continue Falcons Fitness Zone programming, serving 3,850 Gainesville youth during the school day and during after-school and summer periods.

The AFYF awards include four grants to Georgia Food Oasis partners whose work is helping more children and families eat, cook and grow fruits and vegetables.

  • $90,000 over three years to Captain Planet Foundation for expansion of Project Learning Garden, which is bringing fruit and vegetable gardens and standards-based lesson plans to 500 Metro Atlanta schools (by 2020; currently CPF serves more than 200 Metro Atlanta schools).
  • $75,000 to the YMCA of Metro Atlanta to expand the Y’s Backpack Program, serving youth at the Blank Family YMCA, the Young Family YMCA, the Villages of Carver YMCA and the Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA. Through the program, the YMCA provides participating youth and their families with nutritious food over weekends during the school year.
  • $25,000 to Quality Care for Children to help provide 80,000 nutritious breakfast and lunch meals to 1,000 youth ages 6-13 during the 8-week summer program. The grant leverages $265,000 in federal funding and enables Quality Care for Children to improve the quality of the meals.
  • $10,076 to the Georgia Foundation for Public Health for four Georgia Food Oasis partners to participate in the National WIC Association’s 2016 national conference. The WIC program – focused on women, infants and children – helps about 400,000 Georgia mothers secure nutritious food.


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.

Contact Info

Contact Name: John Bare

Company: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Phone: (404) 367-2062