Braves give serious cash to two dozen charities throughout the South


The Braves gave more than a loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

The Atlanta Braves Foundation announced it’d be giving $315,000 in grants to 29 different charities throughout the ever-evolving “Braves Country.” Most are in metro Atlanta.

The non-profit arm of the team raises raises money from things like a 50/50 raffle, ballpark and online auctions, the Braves License Plate program, the SunTrust Park Brick Paver Program and an annual golf tournament.


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Last year it gave $550,000. You can see past recipients here.

Since it started in 1994, the foundation claims it has given $7.5 million to the community.

Here’s the lineup of which non-profits got the money and what they plan to do with it:

  1. 100 Black Men of Atlanta will support the after-school program and summer STEM/robotics program.
  2. A Friend’s House will support recreational activities for Henry County youth.
  3. Advocates for Children will provide funding for team sports, sporting equipment and social activities for children living in shelters. 
  4. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Altanta will support new mentoring matches between youth and adults. 
  5. Camp Sunshine will use the money to get any child with cancer a year free of charge into their summer camps.
  6. The Center for Pan Asian Community Services will support the after-school and summer school programs in Doraville and Chamblee areas.
  7. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will support the Summer Camp Program for children with “unique medical conditions and physical needs.”
  8. Cobb County Bar Association Community Fund will provide emergency financial assistance to students and their families in Cobb and Marietta schools. 
  9. Cobb County Public Schools Education Fund will provide funding for teachers to implement innovative classroom projects.
  10. Cobb Police Athletic League will support the expansion of Cobb PAL programs in purchasing sports equipment and supplies.
  11. Communities in Schools – Marietta/Cobb County will support K-12 students in Cobb and Marietta schools with the Dropout Prevention Program. 
  12. Cure Childhood Cancer will provide meals to hospitalized children with cancer and their families through the Open Arms Program.
  13. Everybody Wins! Atlanta will fund the Power Lunch program at Dunbar and Brumby Elementary Schools, which includes new books and supplies. 
  14. Extra Special People will provide uniforms and baseball equipment for folks with special needs participating in the inaugural season of the Miracle League in Watkinsville.
  15. Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind will support buying recreational equipment for those with visual impairments.
  16. Girls Scouts of Greater Mississippi will support the anti-bullying campaign and provides hands-on STEM badge activities.
  17. Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta aims to inspire all “girls to be strong, smart, and bold” through the  SMART – Science, Math, and Relevant Technology –  program, which hopes to interest girls in those fields.
  18. LEAD will run an organized fall baseball league for inner-city youth. It will cover the costs of equipment, uniforms and umpire fees. 
  19. La Amistad will support after-school programs by buying things like classroom supplies, snacks and books. 
  20. Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation will build a garden at an Atlanta-area school in order to educate and empower students in regards to fitness, nutrition and total wellness. 
  21. Must Ministries will support food pantries that serve 24 Cobb schools and impact more than 20,000 children.
  22. Tommy Nobis Center will support the Early Youth Employment Services program for students with disabilities in Cobb schools. 
  23. Sweetwater Mission will buy school supplies, backpacks and winter coats for children in need. 
  24. The Giving Kitchen will provide financial assistance to restaurants workers in crisis who have children.
  25. The Path Project will support technology resources for Gwinnett County students in after-school programs. 
  26. The Study Hall will provide a STEM program and after-school program for K-5 students who live near the former Turner Field. 
  27. The Villages at Carver Family YMCA will support the youth baseball initiatives at the Atlanta Braves Baseball Academy, located in the Villages at Carver Family YMCA near the old Turner Field.
  28. Youth Empowerment Through Learning, Leading and Serving will provide supplies for mentoring and after-school programs.
  29. YMCA of Rome and Floyd County will fund the “Learn, Grow, & Thrive with the Y” program, which is a free year-round outreach that feeds children after school and during the summer.

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