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IB Sports Park Boys Club has been Designated as a “Drop-off Location” for ESPNs Program to get Sports Equipment to Underserved Communities.

Oct 03, 2015 07:28AM ● Published by Paul Spear

The Imperial Beach Sports Park Boys Club has been designated as a “Drop-off-Location” for ESPNs Program to get Sports Equipment to Needy Children in Underserved Communities called “Level Playing Field”.

This information was distributed by James De la Cerna of the Boys and Girls Club at the Imperial Beach Sports Park.

1 in 5 kids in underserved communities do not play sports; one of those reasons is because equipment is too expensive. If kids had the gear, they would participate in more sports which would help assist in improved academics as well as overall well-being.

Do Something has partnered with ESPN to collect sports equipment to help cater those children in need at different recreation centers across the United States. How it works is communities help by donating that unopened racket because their son or daughter may have not been interested in the sport, or giving away that basketball that has been sitting in the garage collecting dust for the past 6 ½ years. From rackets, balls, bats, sticks, mitts, or even skateboards, anything helps and it will help make a vital difference in a family’s sport participation for their children.

I am Proud to say that Sports Park has been designated as a drop-off location. We are 1 of 21 different drop-off locations in the state of California, 1 of 42 different states participating!

From Oct. 1st-Oct. 31st, this drive will be going on, and we will try to collect what we can. I have one primary goal:

I Would love to collect the equipment for the entire month of October to then host an event(Similar to the “IB Free Market” that took place a few weeks ago) where we give it away, for free!

Going forward, I hope that we can help spread the word within our community, to the parents and children about what we are wanting to do. The hope is to be able to collect sports equipment here at Sports Park whenever we are open for our hours of operation for the entire month of October. I have attached the several other flyers in regards to the campaign as well as the links below which I highly recommend for you to take a look to get a better understanding. Thank you for your time and if you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know!

Please ContactJames De la Cerna, Sports Park Program Supervisor

425 Imperial Beach Blvd., Imperial Beach, CA 91932

Boys and Girls Clubs of South County

jdelacerna@bgcscounty.org

(619)934-9137

 These are sites that tell about the program:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/28/dosomething-espn-idUSnPn7C7gRp+92+PRN20150928

https://www.dosomething.org/campaigns/level-playing-field?source=node/1141

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Sri_QwJ8j2o7EaVFOXNtGbW1Vak27uVZWxpM7AHRvQ4/edit#gid=0

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DoSomething.org + ESPN Sports Equipment Drive

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