City of Malibu Donates Sports Equipment for Global Gear Drive
February 11, 2010
The City of Malibu Parks and Recreation Department (Calif.) recently donated more than 700 items to the Global Gear Drive, the charitable sports equipment program of the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS). The organizations donated equipments for underprivileged youth.
The Malibu Sports Gear Drive, Running November to January, collected 15 baseball helmets, 41 baseball bats, 64 baseballs, 22 soccer balls, 32 pairs of soccer cleats, 18 pairs of shin guards, 85 soccer uniforms, including soccer socks, 10 tennis racquets, 12 football helmets, 38 football jerseys and 26 basketballs, among other items.
The Global Gear Drive was established by NAYS to put sports equipment in the hands of children living in developing regions around the world that wish to take part in quality sports activities but are unable to due to shortages of equipment and the lack of facilities in their countries.
“The City of Malibu’s efforts in collecting so much sports equipment is truly inspiring. Thousands of children will benefit from this generous donation,” said Cindy Daub, director of the Sammy Wilkinson Memorial Fund, which oversees the Global Gear Drive.
Jimmy Loftus, a fourth grade student at Point Dume Elementary School, City of Malibu, helped the drive by collecting new and gently used sports equipment for donation to the underprivileged youth in the United States and around the world.
The Global Gear Drive is an easy process which individuals, sports leagues, schools, churches and communities can get involved in. Slightly used and new equipment is collected and then shipped around the world, where it gives children the chance to play sports that otherwise don’t have many opportunities to do so.
Also, there are efforts from other foundations like. The Sammy Wilkinson Memorial Foundation (SWMF) which is dedicated towards enriching the lives of children and Youth worldwide by providing them the financial support and tools and opportunities to participate in sports activities within their schools and communities.
The Sammy Wilkinson Memorial Foundation was created by the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, and was designed to not only help support children in the United States engage in positive sports experiences, but to further allow children worldwide the opportunity to include sports into their lives as well.
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Edited by Patrick Barnard