ATLANTA, July 28, 2014 –Good Sports, Inc. and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) have awarded $35,000 worth of athletic equipment to eight community organizations working to improve youth fitness, reduce childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for youth in Atlanta’s Historic Westside Neighborhoods.
“We are grateful to the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation for their continued partnership to provide this equipment to the youth in Atlanta’s Westside,” said Melissa Harper, CEO of Good Sports. “Good Sports seeks to ensure high activity levels in all youth, regardless of their ability to pay, and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation enables us to continue that support in Georgia.”
Through an ongoing partnership, Good Sports and AFYF provide equipment donations that remove barriers for youth to participate in regular physical activity. Good Sports is able to provide up to $2 in equipment for every $1 of grant funding.
Since forming a partnership in 2010, Good Sports and AFYF have generated equipment donations worth $625,000 to 128 groups in 43 counties across Georgia, serving nearly 59,000 youth.
The current round of donations is expanding opportunities for youth to participate in a variety of activities, including yoga, boxing, tennis, floor hockey and hula hoop games.
One of the program recipients, Pastor Bruce Francis of the Cosmopolitan AME Church, is ecstatic about what this donation will do for the enhancement of their youth programming: “The Cosmopolitan AME Church is extremely delighted to receive sports equipment from the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation and Good Sports. With this grant, the Cosmopolitan Youth Ministry will reach more children of all ages in the Vine City and English Ave. communities. It is our desire to engage the children of the these two neighboring communities in more fitness and sports related activities, and we want to encourage more children to make healthy and wholesome life choices.”
The application period for the next cycle of Good Sports – AFYF equipment donations is open through December 5, 2014, with applications being accepted from across the State of Georgia. Groups interested in applying may submit an application by visiting Good Sports’ website – www.goodsports.org – and completing the online application. Any questions regarding the application can be directed to the Good Sports Community Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recipients from this equipment grant cycle include:
Organization: L.E.A.D., Inc.
Donated Equipment: Baseball gloves, baseball bats, baseball helmets
Organization: Cosmopolitan AME Church
Donated Equipment: Baseball helmets, baseball gloves, basketballs, flag football belts, volleyballs, volleyball carts, first aid kits, baseball bats
Organization: Urban Perform
Donated Equipment: Boxing gloves, speed bag, mantis mitts, kettlebells, exercise tubes, yoga mats, hula hoops, scooters, stopwatches
Organization: After School All-Stars
Donated Equipment: Hula hoops, tennis racquets, basketballs, soccer balls, baseball helmets, jump ropes, footballs, baseball bats, athletic shirts, stopwatches
Organization: City of Refuge
Donated Equipment: Yoga mats, bowling sets, adjustable curl bench, Olympic grip plates, dumbbells, bench press, ball cart, soccer balls
Organization: KIPP WAYS Academy
Donated Equipment: Sports Medicine kits, agility ladders, soccer balls, scrimmage vests, basketballs, football pants, stopwatches
Organization: Beltline Bikes
Donated Equipment: Bicycles
Organization: Raising Expectations
Donated Equipment: Volleyballs, tennis racquets, tennis balls, swimming goggles, floor hockey sets
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. By partnering with sporting goods manufacturers, Good Sports is able to get the necessary equipment into the hands of the kids that need it most, giving them a chance to get in the game. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided over $10.8 million worth of equipment to over 1,600 youth programs, impacting more than 950,000 kids. 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. For more information on the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, please click here or follow us on Twitter at @BlankFoundation.