Officials from a Lawrenceville-based nonprofit group that works on character development with student-athletes in Gwinnett County received a big grant from the Chick-fil-A Foundation on Tuesday to continue that work.

Officials from the foundation presented a check for a $75,000 grant to NG3, which was named as one of the recipients of the True Inspiration Awards. The foundation is distributing $1.23 million in grants to 22 organizations across the nation through the awards program, which recognizes nonprofits that are trying to make a positive impact in the lives of children.

“We’re honored to help these organizations extend their impact on young people across the country,” said Rodney Bullard, Chick-fil-A Foundation executive director and Chick-fil-A Inc. vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility, in a statement.

NG3 was named one of two Southeast Regional Winners in the True Inspiration Awards program. The other was an organization in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Another nonprofit in Georgia, the Heritage Academy Augusta program in Augusta was chosen as one of three winners in the “Youth Entrepreneurship” category, according to the foundation.

“I promise, as a board and a staff and everything, that we will make sure that this money gets used really, really well,” NG3 President Matt Williams said in a video as he held the ceremonial check after the presentation presentation. “We will make sure that we invest this in the lives of more kids … but I just want to say thanks.”

Chick-fil-A Foundation officials highlighted NG3’s work with student-athletes from 15 schools in the Lawrenceville area. Staff from the organization mentor the athletes while working alongside the coaches from their schools.

In addition to character development programs, however, NG3 also offers community activism and chaplain services.

Foundation officials said each of the organizations that were chosen to receive award grants will be recognized during a celebration in the spring.

“While money is important, we realize it takes so much more to run a successful nonprofit,” Bullard said. “Along with the grant funding, we bring our honorees together each year for several days of learning and connection with our leaders at Chick-fil-A. Our aim is to invest in these organizations—in more ways than one—as they invest in our future generation.”

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