When Giving Kids Access To Sports Deserves An Award

In our world, were it’s all too easy to take for granted the opportunity to play a sport and even take home a trophy, we often forget that there are many young athletes who don’t always have a means to the basic equipment they need to play the sports they love. In such circumstances, kids still find a way to improvise using discarded materials or whatever they can find to kick or toss around like ball. One teen athlete went on his own mission to change that by founding Gear Going Global, a program that distributes sporting equipment to kids in need all around the world.

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An American teen gives sports gear to kids around the world | csmonitor.com

“From baseball mitts to bats, jump ropes to shin guards, Gear Going Global has collected and distributed a wide range of sports equipment to children around the world. Soccer gear, he says, has the highest demand. Each box or bag of balls includes a new pump and extra needles. After just two years, his efforts have already had a measurable impact.”

Are you familiar with Wesly Boon and his work to create Gear Going Global? Would you consider donating your gently used sports equipment to the cause? Share you thoughts on this outreach in the comments.

2 thoughts on “When Giving Kids Access To Sports Deserves An Award

  1. James says on

    It’s good to hear stories like this. It reminds me of another charity a teen established. Putting shoes on hundreds of those who have none sounds complicated. Especially when the shoeless live half a world away. But Lakota East freshman John Ferguson simply saw a need and is working to fill it. After John’s mother Chen, a local university professor, returned from an African trip two years ago, the images she described to her 14-year-old son of impoverished villages and the crying need of basic footwear for the children who lived there haunted him.

  2. Ronald says on

    I’d say this kid and his charity is being accepted much better than that of a famous (or infamous) cyclist. The head of world cycling urged Lance Armstrong to abandon “disrespectful” plans to ride part of the Tour de France route a day before the professional peloton. The disgraced cyclist responded by insisting he was “honored and humbled” to be invited on the unofficial charity ride.

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