Quincy, MA (January 23, 2013) – Good Sports, a national non-profit that provides sports and fitness equipment to low-income youth, celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2013 with another record year. In 2013 alone, Good Sports donated $2 million worth of equipment to 570 community organizations in 40 different states, giving 350,000 kids the opportunity to play as part of a healthy, active lifestyle.
Since 2003, Good Sports has helped get kids in the game by donating brand new sports equipment, apparel and footwear to community organizations that serve disadvantaged youth. To date, the organization has donated more than $10 million worth of equipment to impact more than 850,000 youth in 46 different states. The equipment donations help organizations lower participation fees, offer more scholarships, and provide more opportunities for kids to play.
Through partnerships with sporting goods manufacturers and corporations and thanks to generous individuals, Good Sports has been able to grow from its inaugural donation of 500 basketballs to donating more than $2 million worth of equipment a year.
“As we celebrate 10 years at Good Sports, we are proud to have distributed $10 million worth of equipment to kids in need,” Good Sports CEO Melissa Harper remarks. “However, we also know that there are millions of kids that are still in need of equipment. If you give kids equipment, they will play. Our job is to make sure that all kids have that opportunity.”
Good Sports donations benefit organizations in many ways. 61% of grantees were able to expand their programs, while 91% felt the donations enhanced the experience for their members. The equipment donations also allowed 53% of grantees to introduce new sports and 54% to engage youth who typically would not participate. 68% of the organizations that received grants also noted that the donations improved the self-esteem and confidence of their members, a positive impact that extended beyond the playing field.
ABOUT GOOD SPORTS:
Good Sports helps lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. By partnering with sporting goods manufacturers, Good Sports gets crucial equipment to kids who need it most, getting them in the game. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided more than $10 million worth of equipment to 1,200 youth programs, impacting more than 850,000 kids. For more information, visit www.goodsports.org