ATLANTA – July 18, 2017 – The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation has awarded Atlanta Track Club a $10,000 grant to invest in its youth running program. The funds will be used to bring the Kilometer Kids program to three sites in Atlanta’s Westside community.
Atlanta Track Club was one of 14 out-of-school programs that received grants from the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is partnering with Mercedes-Benz USA for this inivtiative. The Sport for Good program is a long-term, collaborative approach to strengthening Vine City, English Avenue and Washington Park through the power of sport. The Club celebrated the announcement at a kickoff event on Monday, July 17 in Washington Park. Atlanta Track Club partnered with Girls on the Run Atlanta to organize a running activity at the kickoff.
“This grant will allow Atlanta Track Club to introduce kids who live in the neighborhoods of Atlanta’s Westside to a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Sue Payne, director of community outreach and membership for Atlanta Track Club. “We are excited to join other like-minded programs in providing fun fitness activities.”
Kilometer Kids is an incentive-based, free youth running program for children ages 7-14. The program is available to both individual participants and school groups. Kilometer Kids currently impacts more than 8,000 children annually in the Atlanta metro area and beyond.