ATLANTA - Standing by its mission to serve community organizations in and around Braves Country, the Atlanta Braves Foundation awarded grants to local nonprofit organizations prior to Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Through this charitable giving, the organizations will fund initiatives including after-school programs, health and wellness efforts, anti-bullying campaigns, educational projects, athletic programs and much more. Held during a special pregame reception, the Braves awarded $175,000 in grants to 31 deserving recipients.
The Atlanta Braves Foundation celebrated another successful year of fundraising and community outreach through annual programs such as the Atlanta Braves Foundation Weekend, Foundation Golf Classic, 50/50 Raffle and various auctions throughout the season.
"The nonprofit organizations throughout Braves Country serve every resident and play a substantial role in the betterment of our community," said Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz. "We feel incredible pride in providing assistance to these well-deserving organizations and look forward to seeing the lives in our community transformed."
Since its inception in 1992, the Atlanta Braves Foundation has provided support and resources to thousands of metro Atlanta-based organizations and has contributed more than $5.3 million in financial assistance to the community. Through the generous support of Braves players and staff, sponsors and fans, the Atlanta Braves Foundation continuously strives to improve the quality of life for our youth.
Summary of the 2013 Atlanta Braves Foundation Grant Recipients and Initiatives:
- 100 Black Men of Atlanta will provide support and improve the quality of life for African American youth in Atlanta through the Project Success program.
- A Friend's House will purchase new sporting equipment for youth and families.
- Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA will focus on enhancing the amount of wellness and fitness activities for children.
- Anti-Defamation League Southeast Region will use funds to support the "No Place for Hate" anti-bullying initiative.
- Atlanta Track Club will allocate funding to support the Kilometer Kids program dedicated to inspiring youth to achieve health and fitness through a fun and supportive running program.
- Attachment & Trauma Network, Inc. will provide support, education and advocacy for traumatized children and their families.
- Camp Sunshine will enrich the lives of Georgia's children with cancer and their families through year round recreational, educational and support programs.
- Camp Twin Lakes provides camp programs for children with serious illnesses and other life challenges.
- Children's Bilingual Theater will use the grant to support a touring theatrical anti-bullying campaign that addresses bullying of developmentally disabled and medically fragile children.
- Christian Aid Mission Partnership will provide clothing, food, educational programs and family support services in Cobb County.
- Cindy Donald Dreams of Recovery will help individuals receive therapy and therapeutic equipment to promote nerve regeneration and provide funding for scientific research to cure paralysis.
- Cobb Health Futures Foundation will support an interactive after-school education program for youth ages 11 to 13.
- Cobb Schools Foundation will focus on college-readiness preparation by proving tutorial and counseling for SAT/ACT exams and college planning during an after-school enrichment program.
- Cool Girls, Inc. will support the Cool Fitness Program to enhance the self-empowerment of girls in low-income communities.
- Corrigan Care will support Emmy's Academy, an early intervention childcare center that provides developmental childcare for special needs children.
- Cross Keys Foundation will purchase several "Little Free Library" units to promote reading among youth in immigrant communities.
- Dream Makers Youth Foundation will fund the S.T.A.R.S. (Sports Teams for All Regardless of 'Specialty") Adaptive Sports Program that serves children with Autism, Down syndrome and special needs.
- East Lake Foundation will support the Charles R. Drew after-school program.
- Georgia Ave Food Cooperative will provide food for families in southeast Atlanta.
- Growing Leaders will provide workshops on leadership, college and careers for high school students.
- Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation will help fund the WOW! Program which provides memorable vacations for families dealing with cancer.
- Kate's Club will empower children and teens facing life after death of a parent or sibling through family outings during the holidays.
- Latin American Association will fund a program that helps Latino youth succeed in school and advance to higher education.
- L.E.A.D. will support the organization's year-round baseball and life-skills development program for middle and high school students in Atlanta.
- Reconnecting Families will provide the Celebrating Families! curriculum written for families that are dealing with substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse or neglect.
- The Brian Jordan Back to the Future Foundation will support Camp Jordan, a free baseball clinic for more than 200 disadvantaged children.
- The Scholarship Academy will fund a curriculum-based scholarship preparatory program for low-income, first generation students.
- Villages of Carver Family YMCA will use funds to support the youth baseball initiatives at the Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Academy.
- Yes! Atlanta will support the Coaching for Success partnership with the Fulton County Juvenile Court.
- YMCA of Rome Georgia will fund the free afterschool program for youth in kindergarten through fifth grade in Floyd County.
- YWCA of Northwest Georgia, Inc. will provide summer camp opportunities for children of domestic violence victims.