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Release Date: 02.21.2017 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation & Good Sports Surpass $1 Million in Donations

The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) and Good Sports, a national nonprofit, have again teamed up to provide more than $87,000 worth of new athletic equipment, apparel, and footwear that will remove barriers to physical activity for more than 8,300 Georgia children.

The donations will go to 20 Georgia groups, selected from more than 120 applicants, to get children off the sidelines and engaged in a sweeping variety of sports and fitness activities.

“From hula hoops to basketball, from pickleball to football, Georgia communities are giving children fun new ways to be physically active,” said Beth Auer, an Atlanta Falcons associate and part of the staff team that reviews and awards grants. “With these supplies, more young people will be off the sideline and in the game.”

For seven years, AFYF & Good Sports have joined together to remove participation barriers in youth sports, physical education and fitness programs. The aim to ensure that every child has the opportunity to be physically active. For every grant dollar AFYF invests, Good Sports provides at least $2 in equipment donations thanks to extensive support from equipment manufacturers & distributors.

Since 2010, Good Sports has leveraged nearly $441,000 in grants from the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation to provide equipment donations valued at more than $1 million to youth programs in 80 of Georgia’s 159 counties. These donations have helped more than 96,900 youth gain access to consistent sports & fitness activities.

“Good Sports’ primary goal every day is to ensure that the resources are available for children in need to become more active,” says Melissa Harper, Good Sports’ Chief Executive Officer. “The fact that through this partnership we have distributed over $1 million in equipment to Georgia youth is a testament to the commitment that the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation places on expanding kids’ access to quality athletic opportunities.”

The application period for the next cycle of AFYF-Good Sports equipment donations is open through Friday, April 21, 2017. Programs can submit an application by visiting the AFYF landing page on Good Sports’ website – www.goodsports.org/afyf – and completing the online application. For this round of donations, AFYF will focus on equipment donations that increase participation in flag and youth football programs.

Approved applicants will be eligible to receive up to six (6) donations through Good Sports regular donation process over the next two years, and will also be considered for future AFYF-Good Sports equipment grants. Any questions regarding the application can be directed to the Good Sports Program Team at community@goodsports.org.

 

The most recent equipment donations include the following:

Organization: Cedar Shoals High School (Clarke County)
Donated Equipment: Basketballs, cones, agility & fitness equipment, footballs, physical education equipment

Organization: Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Academy (Fulton County)
Donated Equipment: Volleyball uniforms, weightlifting platform, running sneakers, jump ropes

Organization: Cowan Road Middle School (Spalding County)
Donated Equipment: Soccer balls, playground balls, jump ropes, cones, volleyballs, agility equipment, hula hoops

Organization: Douglasville Community Outreach (Douglas, Carroll, Paulding, Cobb, and Fulton Counties)
Donated Equipment: Soccer balls, playground balls, basketballs, pop up goals, and footballs

Organization: Forest Park Middle School (Clayton County)
Donated Equipment: Soccer balls, track shoes, basketballs, footballs, cones, and fitness equipment

Organization: Grove Park Intermediate School (Fulton County)
Donated Equipment: Running sneakers, jump ropes, playground balls, hula hoops, and floor hockey sets

Organization: J.E. Brown Middle School (Fulton County)
Donated Equipment: Running sneakers, fitness rope, softball gloves, softball catcher’s equipment, and football practice jerseys

Organization: KIPP Atlanta Collegiate High School (Fulton County)
Donated Equipment: Football helmets, fitness rope, baseball bats, baseball helmets, soccer balls, track shoes, and fitness rope

Organization: KIPP Vision Academy (Fulton County)
Donated Equipment: Football uniforms, baseball uniforms, practice uniforms, soccer balls, and track shoes

Organization: McGarity Elementary School (Paulding County)
Donated Equipment: Playground balls, running sneakers, cones, jump ropes, speed kits, and physical education assessment tools

Organization: MJM Foundation (Liberty County)
Donated Equipment: Baseball helmets, running sneakers, softball gloves, basketballs, and tennis rackets

Organization: Reidsville Middle School (Tattnall County)
Donated Equipment: Baseball bats, track shoes, playground balls, soccer uniforms, and basketball uniforms

Organization: Score for Kids Foundation (Cobb, Fulton & Gwinnett Counties)
Donated Equipment: Athletic apparel, tennis apparel, running sneakers, basketballs, and tennis rackets

Organization: Shiloh Point Elementary School (Forsyth County)
Donated Equipment: Playground balls, soccer balls, basketballs, footballs, jump ropes, and hula hoops

Organization: The Cobra Foundation (Coweta, Fulton, Troup, and Fayette Counties)
Donated Equipment: Mouth guards, pinnies, football girdles, tackling dummy, and step-over dummies

Organization: Titletown Titans (Lowndes, Brooks, Lanier, and Cook Counties)
Donated Equipment: Mouth guards, football girdles, football practice jerseys, and shoulder pads

Organization: Tomorrow’s Champions (Cobb & Fulton Counties)
Donated Equipment: Batting helmets, softball gloves, softball jerseys, softball bats, and bat bags

Organization: Transitions Learning Center (Bulloch County)
Donated Equipment: Playground balls, jump ropes, fitness equipment, soccer balls, basketballs, and pop up goals

Organization: Tuskegee Global Airmen Academy (Fulton County)
Donated Equipment: Playground balls, jump ropes, mouth guards, footballs, and pop up goals

Organization: Twin Cedars Youth & Family Services (Troup County)
Donated Equipment: Fitness rope, jump ropes, running sneakers, basketballs, volleyballs, agility kits, and pickleball set

 

About Good Sports
Good Sports gives all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing equipment, apparel and footwear to those most in need. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided more than $20 million worth of equipment to more than 2,800 youth programs, impacting over THREE MILLION kids. Good Sports has also been awarded a coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator, for sound fiscal management, transparency and accountability; is a Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance accredited charity; and is listed on Social Impact Exchange’s S&I 100, an index of top American nonprofits creating meaningful social impact. For more information on how you can support Good Sports, please visit www.goodsports.org
CONTACT:
Kayley Gallagher, Partnerships Associate, Good Sports
T: 617-934-1270 |  kgallagher@goodsports.org

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. For more information, visit www.AFYF.org.

 

Contact Info

Contact Name: John Bare

Company: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Phone: 404-367-2062

E-mail: JBare@Falcons.NFL.com