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Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC & Good Sports Donate $100,000 in Fitness Equipment

                           Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC & Good Sports Donate $100,000 in Fitness Equipment

December 4 is Deadline for Applications for the Next Round of Equipment Donations

ATLANTA, July 15, 2015 – The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, Atlanta United and Good Sports, a national nonprofit, have teamed up on a new round of sports and fitness equipment donations to youth programs across Georgia. In total, 20 groups will receive $102,000 worth of new equipment, apparel and footwear.

This year for the first time, the city’s new MLS franchise, Atlanta United, is partnering with AFYF to give more youth greater access to a wide variety of sports and fitness programs. Eight of the organizations in this round of donations are receiving soccer equipment, including balls, goals, scrimmage vests, uniforms and boundary cones.

“We’re very excited to join with the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation and Good Sports in providing sports and fitness equipment to deserving youth in Georgia,” said Atlanta United president Darren Eales. “It’s important to us as a club to not only introduce youth to the game of soccer, but to give them access to the equipment and resources they need to be able to play and compete in their communities. We look forward to continuing to support the next generation of Georgia soccer players and supporters.”

Through a multiyear partnership, Good Sports, AFYF and Atlanta United provide equipment that removes barriers for youth to participate in regular physical activity. Good Sports utilizes its relationships with equipment manufacturers and distributors to provide free and deeply discounted equipment. The arrangement enables Good Sports to provide up to $2 in equipment for every $1 of grant funding.

“At Good Sports we strive to support programs that put children on the path to healthier, more active lifestyles,” says Melissa Harper, CEO of Good Sports. “The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation and Atlanta United are generously supporting this work and equipping kids in Georgia with the resources to get out and play.”

Since forming a partnership in 2010 with AFYF, Good Sports has provided equipment donations worth $840,000 to 147 groups in 55 counties across Georgia. The equipment donations have helped more than 78,000 youth get in the game.

The application period for the next cycle of AFYF-Atlanta United equipment donations is open through Friday, December 4, 2015, with applications being accepted from across the state of Georgia. If interested in applying, organizations and youth programs can submit an application by visiting Good Sports’ website – www.goodsports.org – and completing the online application. Approved applicants will be able to receive up to six (6) donations through Good Sports regular process over the next two years, and will also be considered for future grants through the Good Sports partnership with AFYF and Atlanta United.  Any questions regarding the application can be directed to the Good Sports Community Team at community@goodsports.org.

The current equipment donations include the following:

Organization: Amazons Sports Organization (Fulton County)

Donated Equipment: soccer goals, soccer balls, and scrimmage vests

Organization: Appling County Middle School (Appling County)

Donated Equipment: uniforms, running shoes, warm-up suits, football girdles, and stopwatches

Organization: Athens Y.M.C.A. (Clarke County)

Donated Equipment: soccer goals, soccer balls, and playground balls

Organization: Brunswick High Pirate Foundation, Inc. (Glynn County)

Donated Equipment: baseball pitching machine, baseball bats, and baseball sliding shorts

Organization: City of Refuge, Inc. (Fulton County)

Donated Equipment: volleyballs, playground balls, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, and basketball uniforms

Organization: Clay County Family Connection (Clay County)

Donated Equipment: catcher’s equipment, baseball bats, volleyball shoes, batting helmets, basketballs, and volleyballs

Organization: Cochran Bleckley Recreation Department (Bleckley County)

Donated Equipment: football helmets, shoulder pads, and football girdles

Organization: Dodge Connection (Dodge County)

Donated Equipment: tennis nets, volleyball nets, basketball hoops, basketballs, playground balls, and soccer balls

Organization: Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Fulton County)

Donated Equipment: soccer balls, scrimmage vests, and boundary cones

Organization: Hawkinsville Pulaski County Recreation Department (Pulaski County)

Donated Equipment: catcher’s equipment, batting helmets, football girdles, football helmets, and shoulder pads

Organization: In Time of Need, Inc. (Cobb County)

Donated Equipment: basketballs and basketball uniforms

Organization: Lawrenceville Youth Association (Gwinnett County)

Donated Equipment: football helmets, shoulder pads, mouthguards, handwarmers, football pants, and football girdles

Organization: Pete Nance Boys and Girls Club (Greene County)

Donated Equipment: baseball bats, catcher’s gear, running shoes, stopwatches, mouthguards, soccer balls, basketballs, volleyballs, scrimmage vests, playground balls, and baseball gloves

Organization: Riverdale High School (Clayton County)

Donated Equipment: football girdles, blocking dummies, football pants, and football cleats

Organization: Seminole County Recreation Department (Seminole County)

Donated Equipment: baseball helmets, football helmets, shoulder pads, and baseball bats

Organization: Telfair County High School (Telfair County)

Donated Equipment: basketballs, footballs, catcher’s gear, warm-up suits, basketball jerseys, baseball pants, baseball bats, running shoes, shin guards, and football girdles

Organization: Thomasville Community Resource Center (Thomas County)

Donated Equipment: basketballs, footballs, and basketball equipment

Organization: West Broad Street Y.M.C.A. (Chatham County)

Donated Equipment: basketballs, footballs, pop-up goals, flag football belts, volleyballs, basketball uniforms, boxing gloves, football girdles, soccer balls, and agility ladders

Organization: Wheeler County Recreation Department (Wheeler County)

Donated Equipment: football helmets, shoulder pads, catcher’s gear, and football girdles

Organization: Y.M.C.A. of Rome and Floyd County (Floyd County)

Donated Equipment: soccer balls and soccer uniforms

About Good Sports

Good Sports helps lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. By partnering with sporting goods manufacturers, Good Sports gets crucial equipment to kids who need it most, getting them in the game. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided more than $14 million worth of equipment to more than 2,100 youth programs, impacting more than ONE 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

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. Follow us on Twitter at @BlankFoundation.

About Atlanta United

Atlanta United brings Major League Soccer to the Southeast as the league’s 22nd franchise. The club’s avid fan base has set records in fan participation with over 23,000 seats reserved to date for the 2017 inaugural season.

The first sports team to play in the state-of-the-art New Atlanta Stadium currently under construction downtown, Atlanta United is owned by one of the city’s most influential businessmen and philanthropists, Arthur M. Blank, and is led by club President Darren Eales. For more information about Atlanta United, including how to become a Founding Member visit: www.atlutd.com.