Thirty teens learn effective coping mechanisms through morning yoga sessions
College Park, Georgia – Earlier today, the Atlanta Hawks Foundation and Good Sports hosted a Project Rebound event for local teens, ages 15-18, to highlight the benefits of yoga. Project Rebound is an initiative launched in 2018 by the Hawks Foundation and Good Sports to provide grants for basketball equipment to organizations that serve youth and resources that support health and wellness initiatives that lead to healthier lifestyles. As part of 13 scholarships awarded this year, the two organizations have come together to host a Yoga event for International Yoga Day.
“We are excited to be joining the Good Sports team once again at the Yoga Wellness event at Georgia Prep Academy,” said David Lee, Executive Vice President of External Affairs and Executive Director of The Atlanta Hawks Foundation. “Through this activity, we will continue to provide new experiences for our teens by producing holistic experiences that everyone can learn from and enjoy.”
Nearly 30 teens were drawn from the Georgia Juvenile Justice Department and participated in two yoga classes. Teens learned how yoga is an effective coping tool that can help maintain both inner control and a positive self-image.
“I would like to thank the Atlanta Hawks Foundation for its support of youth health through the Yoga Wellness Program at the Atlanta Youth Development Campus,” said Juvenile Justice Department Commissioner Tyrone Oliver. “Community partnerships remain vital in helping our youth grow and thrive, and the Atlanta Hawks have emerged as a good corporate citizen for the public health of our region.”
As part of Project Rebound’s larger initiative for the 2021-22 season, the Hawks Foundation and Good Sports donated new basketball and fitness equipment and resources to 13 local organizations working in high-need communities.
“Good Sports is excited to continue working on the Project Rebound initiative with the Atlanta Hawks Foundation,” said Melissa Harper, co-founder and CEO of Good Sports. “Together, we are excited to support these organizations and the children they serve with the equipment and resources to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.”
Quality sport stimulates equal access to sports and physical activity for young people, by supporting children in high-need communities to achieve their greatest potential, on the field and in life. Due to high equipment costs and tight budgets, youth sports programs in low-income communities are challenged to obtain adequate equipment and have to charge participation fees that many families struggle to afford. Good Sports is removing the financial barrier to playing by donating brand-new equipment, clothing and shoes to youth programs in need.
The Hawks Foundation and Good Sports have led efforts in multiple community-focused initiatives to better serve the youth of Metro Atlanta. Last year during NBA Fit Week, the two organizations teamed up with Hawks guard Kevin Huerter and brought Hawks Play Packs for youth within the community in an effort to continue encouraging play. To learn more about Hawks’ work in the community, visit Hawks.com/community.