THE ATLANTA HAWKS FOUNDATION GRANTS JAMES T. ANDERSON BOYS & GIRLS CLUB WITH A $25,000 COURT RENOVATION
New pavement, backboards, rims and resurfacing will create a remodeled space to play

ATLANTA (September 18, 2013) -- In less than two weeks, James T. Anderson Boys & Girls Club in Marietta, Georgia will have a freshly restored space to play for the more than 450 kids and teens it serves each year, thanks to a $25,000 court renovation from the Atlanta Hawks Foundation. The Atlanta Hawks Foundation Court Renovation program, presented by the Georgia National Guard, helps build and renovate basketball courts in underserved neighborhoods throughout metro Atlanta, providing youth with a place to play and be active.

The Hawks will be dedicating the renovated court at James T. Anderson Boys & Girls Club on Friday, September 27th, 2013 from 3-5pm. Festivities for the event will include player appearances, including an autograph signing session, an interactive basketball clinic, a high-energy dance clinic with the Atlanta Hawks cheerleaders and an appearance from the Atlanta Hawks mascot, Harry the Hawk.

“Many of our kids and teens don’t have access to safe spaces to play and stay active in their neighborhoods,” said Missy Dugan, president & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. “Renovating this gym sends a strong message to our youth… your health is important. We thank the Atlanta Hawks Foundation for its continued support of our kids and our Clubs.”

For more information on this event, along with other Atlanta Hawks Foundation happenings, please visit our Hawks Foundation Page.

About the National Guard
The Ga. National Guard has both Air and Army components, with more than 15,000 service members living in all of Georgia's counties. Founded in 1636, the National Guard constantly strives to be always ready, always there and always on target.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta’s mission is to save and change the lives of children and teens, especially those who need us most, by providing a safe, positive and engaging environment and programs that prepare and inspire them to achieve Great Futures. Through 27 Clubs in 10 metro counties, trained and professional staff serve more than 3,400 youth (ages 6-18) daily through programs that foster academic success, healthy lifestyles and character and leadership development. BGCMA also oversees Camp Kiwanis, a 160-acre outdoor residence camp, and the Youth Art Connection (YAC), a gallery and workspace for young artists. While the cost to effectively serve those who need us most is more than $4,000 per member, BGCMA asks families to pay only a $50 annual membership fee and no child is turned away due to inability to pay. For more information, please visit www.bgcma.org.