Atlanta Braves Foundation awards more than $300,000 in grants

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 Pittsburgh Pirates. 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 grants reception, the Braves awarded over $300,000 in grants to 40 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.

Since 1994, the Atlanta Braves Foundation has provided support and resources to thousands of metro Atlanta-based organizations and has contributed more than $5.6 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 2014 Atlanta Braves Foundation Grant Recipients and Initiatives:

  1. Alive Ministries will purchase and donate food and toiletries to children and families in need within the Cobb County School District.
  2. Anti-Defamation League Southeast Region will use funds to support the "No Place for Hate" anti-bullying initiative.
  3. Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta will integrate healthy living values into an edible landscape community garden at Anderson Boys & Girls Club.
  4. Camp Sunshine will enrich the lives of Georgia's children with cancer and their families through year round recreational, educational and support programs. 
  5. Center for Children & Young Adults will provide funding for bed frames and dressers for Another Chance, a 20 bed youth shelter.
  6. Center for Working Families will provide arts, beautification and education projects for parent and child living in neighborhood planning unit V.
  7. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta will purchase motion analysis equipment to help prevent injuries in young athletes.
  8. Christian Aid Mission Partnership will provide backpacks filled with school supplies to needy families in Cobb County.
  9. CHRIS Kids will provide Trauma kits to relieve stress for children in traumatic situations.
  10. City of Refuge will provide nutrition education, dance, and soccer to 50 homeless and at risk youth.
  11. Cobb Alcohol Taskforce will utilize peer leadership support and training to curb underage drinking through the Cobb Youth Rise program.
  12. Cobb Health Futures Foundation will support the media smart youth program that educates youth on media, physical activity and nutrition.
  13. Cobb Library Foundation will build designated teen centers for youth ages 12-19 to read, study and meet.
  14. Cobb Police Athletic League will provide registration fees, uniforms and equipment for youth.
  15. Cobb County Public Schools Education 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.
  16. Community Advanced Practices Nurses will provide healthcare for homeless and low-income children.
  17. CURE Childhood Cancer - will fund the Open Arms program that provides patients and family services for children with cancer.
  18. East Lake Foundation will support the Charles R. Drew after-school program.
  19. Everybody Wins! Atlanta will provide a reading power lunch for students and volunteers at Dunbar Elementary School.
  20. Foster Siblings Reunited, Inc. will provide summer camp opportunities for siblings who have been separated in foster care the system. 
  21. Fragile Kids Foundation will provide specialized medical equipment for children with disabilities.
  22. Girls on the Run of Atlanta will provide scholarships for young girls to participate in running programs that also focus on healthy lifestyles and nutrition.
  23. Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation will help fund the WOW! Program which provides memorable vacations for families dealing with cancer.
  24. Latin American Association will fund a program that helps Latino youth succeed in school and advance to higher education.
  25. 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.
  26. Kamp Kizzy will support the Kamp Kizzy summer camp mentoring initiative for teen girls.
  27. Kutz for Kids will provide after school mentoring support for middle and high school students.
  28. Lutheran Services of Georgia will provide basic necessities to set up homes for refugee children.
  29. Make-A-Wish Georgia will grant special wish experiences to children with life threatening illnesses.
  30. Marietta Police Athletic League will provide ports clinics and transportation for disadvantaged youth to participate in baseball, basketball, football, soccer, golf, tennis, volleyball, martial arts.
  31. Marietta YELLS will launch a community library support healthy living through monthly teen-led community dinners.
  32. Muscular Dystrophy Association will fund medical supplies and costs for children to attend MDA Summer Camps.
  33. National Coalition of 100 Black Women, NW Georgia will support the High School to Heels program for teen girls.
  34. Special Olympics Georgia will help offset costs for youth to attend the Special Olympic Georgia State games.
  35. Ten Women of Hope will provide emergency assistance for single women with children including rent, utilities, medication, car repairs or other basic needs.
  36. The Brian Jordan Back to the Future Foundation will support Camp Jordan, a free baseball clinic for more than 200 disadvantaged children.
  37. Tomorrow's Champion will provide opportunities for girls to learn the fundamentals of softball and life skills.
  38. Urban League of Greater Atlanta will award college scholarship opportunities to high school students.
  39. Villages of Carver Family YMCA will use funds to support the youth baseball initiatives at the Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Academy.
  40. YWCA of Northwest Georgia, Inc. will provide summer camp opportunities for children of domestic violence victims.