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, highlighting the benefits of yoga. Project Rebound is an initiative launched by the Hawks Foundation and Good Sports in 2018 to provide basketball equipment grants to regional youth-serving organizations and resources that support health and wellness initiatives that lead to healthier lifestyles. As part of the 13 grants awarded this year, the two organizations have come together to organize a wellness and yoga event for International Yoga Day.

“We are thrilled to team up with Good Sports again for our Yoga Wellness event at Georgia Preparatory Academy,” said David Lee, Hawks Executive Vice President of External Affairs and Executive Director of the Atlanta Hawks Foundation. “Through this activity, we will continue to bring new experiences to our teens by producing inclusive experiences that everyone can both learn from and enjoy.”

About 30 teenagers were selected by the Georgian Ministry of Juvenile Justice and took part in two yoga classes. Teens learned how practicing yoga is an effective coping tool that can help maintain both internal control and a positive self-image.

“I want to thank the Atlanta Hawks Foundation for supporting youth health with the Yoga Wellness program at the Atlanta Youth Development Campus,” said Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Tyrone Oliver. “Community partnerships remain essential to helping our youth grow and thrive, and the Atlanta Hawks have established themselves as good corporate citizens for the overall health of our region.”

As part of the larger Project Rebound 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 communities in need .

“Good Sports is excited to continue working on the Project Rebound initiative with the Atlanta Hawks Foundation,” said Good Sports, Co-Founder and CEO, Melissa Harper. “Together, we are excited to support these organizations and the children they serve with equipment and resources to lead healthy, active lives.”

Good Sports promotes equitable access to sports and physical activity for young people, helping children in communities in need achieve their greatest potential, on the pitch and in life. Due to high equipment costs and limited budgets, youth sports programs in low-income communities are challenged to procure adequate equipment and are forced to charge participation fees that many families have to pay. hard to afford. Good Sports strives to remove the financial barrier to the game by donating new equipment, clothing and footwear to programs for youth in need.

The Hawks Foundation and Good Sports have led efforts in multiple community-focused initiatives to better serve youth in the Metro Atlanta area. Last year during NBA Fit Week, the two organizations partnered with Hawks goaltender Kevin Huerter and offered Hawks game packs to youth in the community in an effort to continue encouraging the game. more about Hawks’ work in the community, visit Hawks.com/community.