October 2012

Atlanta Braves Foundation Awards $250,000 in Grants

The Atlanta Braves Foundation awarded $250,000 in grants to 28 local non-profit organizations.  The Foundation was successful in its fundraising efforts in 2012 thanks to the generous support of thousands of fans and community partners.

“The 2012 Atlanta Braves grant recipients have presented a remarkable commitment to the betterment of our community,” said John Schuerholz, President of the Atlanta Braves.  “We are pleased to contribute funding to these organizations that are invested in improving the lives of those in and around Braves Country.”

Take a look below for a summary of the 2012 Atlanta Braves Foundation Grant Recipients and Initiatives

Assistance League of Atlanta will use funds to support Operation School Bell, a program that provides new school clothing and hygiene supplies to homeless and/or impoverished youth.

Atlanta Music Project will support the African Drum and Dance training for elementary and middle school students.

Atlanta Track Club will allocate funding to support the Kilometer Kids, a program dedicated to inspiring youth to achieve health and fitness through a fun and supportive running program.

Anti-Defamation League Southeast Region will use funds to support the No Place for Hate, anti-bullying initiative.

Brian Jordan Back to the Future Foundation will support Camp Jordan, a free baseball clinic for more than 200 children held at the Villages of Carver Family YMCA.

Camp Kudzu, Inc. will support diabetes management education camp programs.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will provide follow-up support for the B.R.A.I.N. (Bringing Rehabilitation and Injury Recovery to New Levels) program that addresses the needs of teens with acquired brain injuries.

East Lake Foundation funds will support the Charles R. Drew Charter School’s After-School Program.

Empty Stocking Fund will purchase and distribute sports equipment for families during the holiday season.

Fulton County Global Youth Leadership Program will support a two-year education and leadership and training experience for middle and high school students.

Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company will support the August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC), an arts education program that allows diverse groups of high school students to practice theatre craft through monologue performances instructed by theatre professionals.

LaAmistand, Inc. will support Latino students and their families through a tutoring and mentoring program.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama will provide wish experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Moving in the Spirit funds will support the “Stepping Stones,” a program that inspires and unites youth through the art of dance.

National Coalition of 100 Black Women Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter will fund the Teens on the Move program that consists of in-school mentoring sessions, teaches youth how to manage their personal finances, improve academic grades and prepare for job readiness.

North Metro Miracle League will help fund the Common Ground/Common Goals program, which brings diverse groups of children and youth together to participate in sports and social programs.

Raising Expectations, Inc. will support the organization’s after school tutorial program that focuses on youth in elementary, middle and high school while exposing them to science, technology, engineering & math.

Reconnecting Families, Inc. will provide the Celebrating Families!™ curriculum written for families that are dealing with substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse or neglect.

Royal Family Kids’ Camp (A Division of Compassionate Hands, Inc.) funds will support a weeklong camp for foster care children.

Ryan Cameron Foundation will sponsor participation in 2012 Leadership Academy, medical Day, community services outings for ninth grade students.

Special Olympics Georgia will help fund the winter and summer games for Special Olympic athletes.

Teach For America – Metro Atlanta funds will help recruit, train, place and support a number of talented recent college graduates who commit to teach two years in the nation’s lowest income communities.

The Center for Black Women’s Wellness Fund will support the 2012-2013 After-School & Summer Youth Leadership Training Program, an intensive leadership experience for youth ages 12 to 15 years who reside in the Turner Field area.

The Center for Pan Asian Community Services, INC. funding will support the after-school and summer programs for the low-income immigrant and refugee youth in Dekalb, Fulton, Cobb and Gwinnett Counties.

Tomorrow’s Champions, Inc. funding will support youth softball programs including clinics and summer travel teams.

Variety-The Children’s Charity of Georgia funding will provide backpacks filled with supplies to local school districts that have the highest rate of students that are living below the poverty line.

Vox Teen Communications Inc The grant will support the expansion of the region’s only citywide youth publication and increase its coverage of health and wellness content to impact young people’s healthy behavior.

Women’s Sports Foundation–GoGirlGo! Atlanta funding will support the GoGirlGo! curriculum which helps coaches and adult leaders convey effective information about health risks and how to cope with the physical, mental and social challenges that young girls face, including body image, peer pressure and bullying over social media networks. 

Villages of Carver Family YMCA will use funds to support the youth baseball initiatives at the Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Academy.

For more information on the Atlanta Braves Foundation and its grants, visit www.braves.com/community.

Sixth Annual Braves Breast Cancer Awareness Day

This season, the Atlanta Braves, Publix Super Markets, WellStar Health System and the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer teamed up for the sixth Annual Braves Breast Cancer Awareness Day. The day-long celebration of survivorship honored those who have courageously battled breast cancer, and raised awareness and funds to support research, education and advocacy for cancer patients and their families throughout metro Atlanta.

Breast cancer survivors, friends and family were invited to a pre-game reception hosted by CBS Atlanta anchor and 5 year breast cancer survivor JaQuitta Williams.  Dr. Ralph Bell addressed the attendees about his experience battling breast cancer and six Diamond of Hope Award winners were recognized.   The Diamond of Hope Award honors community activists who have made exceptional contributions to the fight against breast cancer.  The 2012 Diamond of Hope Award honored caregivers (i.e. medical professionals, family, friends) who have made an impact in the lives of breast cancer survivors.

Following the pre-game reception, over 200 breast cancer survivors were recognized during an on-field presentation.  Blue Sky Riders featuring Kenny Loggins performed the song, “Be Brave” and survivors took part in a pink balloon release signifying the hope that a cure for breast cancer will be found.  The Braves salute all of the courageous breast cancer survivors.

2012 Braves Diamond of Hope Award Winners

Freddy Torres/Lawrenceville, GA
Freddy was nominated by his wife Monica Torres who has been fighting Breast Cancer for four years. Freddy has provided unconditional love and support, he is an extraordinary dad. Monica said she owes her strength, tenacity and ability to survive to her husband  as he has been her rock,  crutch, laughter and best friend. 
Ruby Guillory/Lithonia, GA
Ruby is an oncology nurse navigator and tireless advocate of breast cancer patients and their families at Dekalb Medical. She started a support groups for patients and she buys groceries for patients struggling to make ends meet and during the holidays she gathers toys to distribute to patients who after spending so much on treatment had nothing for their children. 
Rita Evans/Woodstock, GA
Rita Evans is a lifetime advocate for women and healthcare. She established the GA chapter of Susan G. Komen and  was instrumental in ensuring that mammograms and pap smears are covered by Medicare in Georgia.
Alyssa Nesmith and Bailey Strickland/Lithonia,  GA
Alyssa and Bailey who were only eleven years old at the time were classmates at Greater Atlanta Christian School last year and were assigned to come up with a special service project. They chose to focus on breast cancer survivors to honor Alyssa’s father Steve who is a breast cancer survivor. They put together special “Pick Me Up” gift baskets for patients at Dekalb Medical to brighten their days and to let them know others were thinking about them.