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After-School All-Stars receives Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation grant

After-School All-Stars Atlanta has received a four-year, $387,000 grant from the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation to support after-school and summer programs aimed at increasing young girls’ aerobic fitness levels.

After-School All-Stars Atlanta, housed in Georgia State University’s College of Education & Human Development, provides comprehensive after-school programs for at-risk and high-need students in the metro Atlanta area, including homework assistance, tutoring, sports and recreation, mentoring and enrichment programs.

This grant, one of 10 given to local organizations leading innovations that increase time Georgia youth spend in physical activity and expand access to affordable, healthy food, will allow After-School All-Stars Atlanta to partner with Urban Perform, a nonprofit gym that will provide fitness programming designed specifically for girls enrolled in after-school and summer programs at 15 sites across Atlanta.

“After-School All-Stars has found the right formula, delivering fitness programs created by girls for girls,” said John Bare, vice president of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, which administers Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation grants. “Improving aerobic fitness prepares students for success in the classroom and in the community.”

Established in 1985 to serve as the philanthropic arm of the Atlanta Falcons, the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation helps nonprofit organizations reduce childhood obesity and improve youth fitness. For more information, visit http://www.blankfoundation.org/atlanta-falcons-youth-foundation.

For more information about After-School All-Stars Atlanta, visit http://www.afterschoolallstarsatl.org.