February 22, 2012 (Atlanta, GA) - Good Sports, Inc. and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) have awarded $67,000 worth of athletic equipment to 16 community programs working to reduce childhood obesity and promote active lifestyles for Georgia’s youth.
“We are teaming up with Good Sports to give more children a chance to be active for 60 minutes every day,” said John Bare, vice president of AFYF. “To help every child in Georgia get a chance to Play 60, it’s critical to supply equipment that removes barriers to participation.”
By leveraging equipment donations and discounts, Good Sports is able to provide $2 in equipment for every $1 of grant funding.
With the new donations announced today, Good Sports and AFYF have now provided equipment donations to 58 groups in 23 counties across Georgia, providing 16,800 kids opportunities to be physically active. With $100,000 in funding from AFYF since 2009, Good Sports has generated equipment donations valued at $239,000.
AFYF is supporting a new round of Good Sports donations in early 2012. The application process is open to groups across the state. Groups may apply through the Good Sports web site (http://www.goodsports.org/). The deadline for applications is June 1, 2012.
“Good Sports is excited to continue our partnership with the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation to provide the equipment necessary for kids across Georgia to get the physical activity they need,” said Melissa Harper, CEO of Good Sports. “While we are proud of all that we have accomplished so far, there are still thousands of kids that need our support.”
About Good Sports:
Good Sports helps to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. Since 2003, Good Sports has distributed over $6 million worth of equipment to over 350,000 kids.
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 $17 million in grants to nonprofit organizations across the state of Georgia.