The Chattanooga Football Club received a large donation from the Volkswagen Workers Foundation to benefit children.
The Volkswagen Workers Foundation has established a partnership with the Chattanooga Football Club Foundation and its Operation Get Active initiative through at $100,000 donation to benefit the children participating in the new program.
The VW Workers Foundation, a charitable nonprofit organization founded in April of last year, is the American branch of the Volkswagen Employee Foundation, a German nonprofit organization that supports the education of children through improvement of their living conditions.
Operation Get Active is a health initiative that uses the game of soccer to encourage youth to live active and healthy lifestyles and is program of the Chattanooga Football Club Foundation. In addition to improving children's physical activity, there is also a strong focus on developing teamwork and leadership.
“I truly believe that soccer is a universal language that has the ability to change the lives of children for the better and Volkswagen Workers Foundation's generous contribution to Operation Get Active shows their commitment to this aim and to the health and well-being of Chattanooga's youth,” said Peter Woolcock, Director of Operation Get Active.
Each Operation Get Active participant completes a fitness test and a physical activity and health questionnaire at the beginning and end of the program. At the culmination of the program, all participants take part in a soccer tournament. This gives participants the opportunity to meet and play against one another and celebrate the completion of the 10 week long program.
OGA is now entering its summer program, and in the fall, Operation Get Active aims to expand to even more locations and reach over 400 children.