The Coca-Cola Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $3.8 million in support of efforts across Georgia to increase access to community-oriented physical activity and nutrition education programs.
The grants will support statewide initiatives such as Governor Nathan Deal's Georgia SHAPE, which aims to increase physical activity and nutrition education in school curricula, and Walk Georgia, a University of Georgia initiative to promote physical activity programs customized by community members. In addition, the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta was awarded $1 million to expand the Atlanta's Centers of Hope project, which provides physical activity, leadership development, nutrition education, and academic enrichment to the city's youth.
Other grants include $500,000 to the PATH Foundation; $100,000 to the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, $75,000 to the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta and its branches; $75,000 to Soccer in the Streets; $30,000 to Piedmont Park; and $25,000 to the Ryan Cameron Foundation.
"Investing in Atlanta's youth through programs designed to teach them about the importance of wellness and physical fitness in a safe, structured learning environment is one of my top priorities," said Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed. "This generous grant to support the Centers of Hope enables the City of Atlanta to expand its successful pilot program at the Thomasville and Adamsville Recreation Centers into a sustainable, community-based initiative for young people."